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Alexander the Great Paperback – October 18, 2011
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Even before Alexander’s death, in 323 BCE, his legend had accelerated, aided considerably by his highly effective skills of self-promotion. Classics professor Freeman has written a compact biography that avoids the pitfalls of romanticizing or understanding the personality of Alexander. It is a well-written, chronological narrative that allows Alexander’s remarkable career and achievements to speak for themselves. Freeman doesn’t ignore the thuggish aspects of Alexander’s efforts, but he does correctly place them within the context of the rather nasty world of both Macedonian and Asian political and military struggles. He also pays ample tribute to Alexander’s father, Philip, whose diplomatic and military skills molded the disparate hill tribes of Macedonia into the dominant power in Greece. Justifiably, it is Alexander’s conquest of the Persian Empire and northern India that forms the bulk of the story and reveals his true genius, including his leadership, expertise in siege warfare, and ability to hold together what evolved into a huge, diverse army. General readers will appreciate this fine account of a man truly deserving of the title Great. --Jay Freeman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Mr. Freeman’s ambition, he tells us in his introduction, was ‘to write a biography of Alexander that is first and foremost a story.’ It is one he splendidly fulfills.”
—Tom Holland, The Wall Street Journal
"A well-written, chronological narrative that allows Alexander’s remarkable career and achievements to speak for themselves. . . . Readers will appreciate this fine account of a man truly deserving of the title 'Great.'"
"Fast-paced and dramatic, much like Alexander himself, this is a splendid introduction into one of the most dramatic true stories of history."
—Adrian Goldsworthy, author of Antony and Cleopatra
“Lean, learned, and marked by good judgment on every page, Alexander the Great is also a roaring good yarn. Philip Freeman has the eye of someone who has walked in Alexander’s footsteps, and he writes with grace and wisdom.”
—Barry Strauss, author of The Spartacus War and professor of history, Cornell University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
One of the things that I knew so little about was his invasion of India, where he was counterattacked in the monsoon by a numerically superior force led by over 100 war elephants.
Attack elephants had become such a problem in India that his infantry were trained specifically to deal with them.
Now I see that I must study Alexander's invasion of the Subcontinent in depth...
Warrior General, unlike modern office Generals who lead behind their desk.. & decent King, albeit ,only human with faults ..,changed the world,he would be proud to know his great name lives on. Alexander lived such a gifted extraordinary life & tragic as well...
Only reason for a 4 star, is that I did feel like some things were glossed over. I'd rather have a more in-depth look at the bigger battles than a description of every single encounter -- could have made it a tad more engaging.
Overall, I'm glad I read it and would read more from this author.