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Even his lisp worked in Alcibiades' favor. It was a flaw; it made him human. It took the curse off his otherwise godlike self-presentation and made one, despite all misgivings, like the fellow.This tale of arms and the man requires two narrators. One, Jason, is an aging noble who serves as a sort of recording angel of the Athenian golden age. The other, Polymides, was long Alcibiades' right-hand man, yet is now imprisoned for his murder.
As they were in his previous novel, Pressfield's battle scenes are extraordinarily vivid and visceral. This time, however, many of these elemental clashes take place on water. "As far as sight could carry, the sea stood curtained with smoke and paved with warcraft. Immediately left, a battleship had rammed one of the vessels in the wall; all three of her banks were backing water furiously, to extract and ram again, while across the breach screamed storms of stones, darts, and brands of such density that the air appeared solid with steel and flame."
In addition to his gift for rendering patriotic gore, the author excels at quieter but no less deadly forms of combat. As Alcibiades' star rises and falls and rises again, we are escorted directly into the snakepit of Athenian realpolitik. Bathing us in the details of a distant era, Pressfield is largely convincing. But it must be said that his diction exhibits a sometimes comical variegation, sliding from Homeric rhetoric to tough-guy speak to the sort of casual Anglicisms we might expect from Evelyn Waugh's far-from-bright young things. No matter. Tides of War conquers by sheer storytelling prowess, reminding us that war was--and is--a highly addictive version of hell. --Darya Silver --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Well written. Very consistent with Thucydides "History of the Peloponnesian War."Published 3 days ago by Russell M. Saurey
Intriguing. You know how it ends but it doesn't mater. Brings the characters to life.Published 13 days ago by Geza Toth
Not nearly as engaging as Gates of Fire, The Virtues of War, or The Profession. There are interesting bits, but Tides of War suffers from pacing issues, and gets bogged down in (to... Read morePublished 20 days ago by K. Bodmer
Basic rule of thumb - was it written by Steven Pressfield? Yes? Then it's really, really good.
Having read Gates of Fire I was excited to read this, his next foray... Read more
I have enjoyed reading this book because it gives one an idea as to what it was like to live during those unsettling times between the struggles between the Spartans, the Athenians... Read morePublished 2 months ago by John C
terrific book. Press field is a genius. epic and realistic. I highly recommend this book.all of his books.thank you very much.Published 3 months ago by fred
Discovery of the last year has been Pressfield's wonderful array of well written books including
Gates of Fire
The Authentic Swing
The War... Read more
One of my all-time favorite books. What a story teller Pressfield is. Can't believe this hadn't been made a film yet.Published 4 months ago by jarrod lee jones
When I opt to purchase a hardback book, I've decided this is a book I want in my library for a long time, so I am looking fore a book in very good shape. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dave Brown