- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: Souvenir Press (April 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 028563688X
- ISBN-13: 978-0285636880
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,152,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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He spends most of his efforts setting the stage for the battle-explaining the histories of the opponents and the reasons behind their decisions. This really adds to the drama of the final chapters that cover the actual battle.
Where the history is sketchy or disputed, he does a great job of letting the reader know the various possibilities and the most likely scenarios.
I have read this book three different times and it never fails to entertain.
It is simply a very solid book about one of the most important battles in western history. Highly recommended.
He starts his story with Philippides' run to Sparta for reinforcements, flashes back to the Ionian Rebellion, and then gives a highly superficial panorama of Ancient Middle Eastern history as a preface to one chapter actually describing the battle. Apparently Lloyd was trying for historiography in the tradition of Harold Lamb, who wrote quite entertaining (as well as educational) historical monographs. See Genghis Khan: The Emperor of All Men and The Crusades (The whole story of the Crusades. Originally published in 2 vol. as Iron Men & Saints and The Flame of Islam). Alas, Lloyd is no Lamb.
If you have no knowledge of the battle, and are unbothered by imprecise diction, then you will enjoy and learn from this book. If you want a little more steak with a little less sizzle, try The Greco-Persian Wars or Persia and the Greeks: The defense of the West, 546-478 B.C, or even The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World: from Marathon to Waterloo.