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Thutmose III: The Military Biography of Egypt's Greatest Warrior King Hardcover – August 1, 2009
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It also fails because of unnecessary hyperbole used to build Thutmose III up and justify writing the book. Gabriel takes pains to regularly mention Thutmose's brilliance, but the most excessive hyperbole occurs early in the book. In comparing Thutmose favorably to Alexander the Great Gabriel writes; "If the greatness of a field commander is judged by the ability of the enemy he faces . . . then compared to Alexander, Thutmose must rank as the greater field commander." That is nonsense as judged by Gabriel's own criteria. The evidence provided in his book describes Thutmose's "battles" as skirmishes against inferior opposition.Read more ›
There are scores of factual errors - practically one on every page. I will point form some highlights (or rather, lowlights):
-Gabriel claims that although Thutmose III did not introduce the khepesh sword, he was the one to introduce it on a large scale to the Egyptian military (page 4). There is no evidence of this taking place and I haven't found anything the inscriptions to say otherwise. There are only 6-9 examples in the world and the artistic evidence doesn't support this either.
-Gabriel claims that the Walls of the Prince were constructed as a series of fortresses along the isthmus of Suez (29). Not really and there's no concrete evidence for such. He goes on (30) to say that it was to protect against "hit and run" raids by Canaanites. This is completely false - the logistical matters in the Sinai would have prevented any sort of sortie into this area not to mention that there's no archaeological evidence for it.
-Gabriel claims that chariots acted like a screen for infantrymen. The chariots would cover the advance while firing arrows. When infantry clashed then archers would retire to the flanks or back through the infantry ranks. He sees chariots as attacking any exposed point, with the option for dismounting and fighting as infantry (64). There's no evidence for how ancient armies at this time fought - it's completely speculation.
I could add a lot more to this list but I think you get the point by now.Read more ›
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I enjoyed this book very much. I have been interested in a book on this Pharaoh for a while. The New Kingdom is my favorite part of Egyptian History. Read morePublished on October 7, 2011 by Amazon Customer
If your interest is in Egyptian history this book is a must. Thutmose III was the premier, much greater than Rameses II, Egyptian king. Read morePublished on August 30, 2011 by Dale Ray Gardner
I bought the book as a teacher who wanted to deepen my knowledge of Thutmose III's reign, but within the first chapter I found myself questioning some very basic knowledge,... Read morePublished on January 22, 2011 by Set Maat
Overall I would rate it as very readable and worthwhile, however there are some caveats.
*It appears that there was little or no technical editing done prior to publication... Read more
An intereting book. It looks at Thutmose III, a pharoah of the XVIIIth Dynasty who is often referred to as Egypt's Napoleon. Read morePublished on February 28, 2010 by James D. Crabtree
I didn't read this, I bought it for my husband. He enjoyed it very much. He was not too familiar with Tuthmose III but I've been introducing him to Egyptology. Read morePublished on February 22, 2010 by Josie Louise