The list author says: "There are some great historic figures and then there are the very few truly COLOSSAL historic figures who, knowingly or unknowingly, forever changed the course of history. Through the combination of awe-inspiring military genius, astute political acumen, boundless ambition and energy, unbreakable iron will, extreme courage, brilliant intellect, fiery passion to achieve and explore, and a deep understanding of human nature, Alexander the Great achieved everlasting glory like no other human being ever has and most likely never will again. Alexander's amazing story and extraordinary mind-boggling achievements are virtually unparalleled in history and he has to be considered one of the few most remarkable men to ever have walked the face of the earth. Here's a list that can get you started on discovering and appreciating a human force of nature that molded the world some 2300 years ago into what it is today - Alexander the Great..."
"A great all-around book published recently to get you started on Alexander. Somewhat scholarly at times, but the writing is lucid and Cartledge does a great job in providing the overall picture of what Alexander meant during his day and what he means to the world today."
"This seminal work by revered Alexander scholar Robin Lane Fox is the definitive biography in its audacity, lucid prose, and epic novel feel. If you can only get one book about Alexander and you're willing to be patient, this is the one that will reward you the most."
"The third try by Oliver Stone on this movie turns out to be the charm. This much-maligned film gets a much-needed logical treatment in the story flow area with great new footage that provides greater insight to what made Alexander tick. Still, it's best you read a few good books and familiarize yourself with the history before watching this movie."
"The indispensable and the most reliable source for Alexander from antiquity. This is the one ancient source bio of Alexander that must be read for anyone seriously interested in delving deeper into this stupendous historical figure."
"Philip Freeman's biography about Alexander is fast-paced and almost reads like a novel. It doesn't bog down in wordy academia as some of Alexander biographies tend to do. It's concisely written but is entertaining as well. It's always interesting to read the different perspectives that various authors have about Alexander and this fine bio is no exception."
"Surely one of the most indispensable biogrpahies of Alexander, Mary Renault delves deeper into the psyche of the great Macedonian king like no other biographer or historian. Renault tells the story as if she was really there."
"This general biography and analysis of Alexander's extraordinary career by highly-regarded military historian Bill Yenne is a welcome addition to the Alexandrian library. It is very thorough yet easy for the military layman to grasp."
"The ideal book to read about what Alexander loved to do most: lead his army into battle! This great book by renowned military historian J.F.C. Fuller examines why Alexander is widely considered the greatest military commander, strategist, and tactician of all time."
"A more brisk and readable biography about Alexander for the modern layman, this book is highly recommended for those who simply want to get to the essence of what Alexander was all about and enjoy the ride."
"A great concise yet detailed look at Alexander's unparalleled military achievements and status. Author states: 'Caesar, Genghis Khan, and Napoleon are mentioned in the same breath, but none mastered every aspect of war with such success and such a perfection as did Alexander.'"
"Another thorough analysis of Alexander's strategies during his remarkable campaigns of conquest from 335BCE until his death in 323BCE. David J. Lonsdale's prose - while very thorough and wordy at times - still provides valuable insights into the peerless strategies and tactics that made Alexander invincible and a legend in his own time."
"A detailed book about the military aspects of Alexander's amazing campaign against the mighty Persian Empire. Although the graphics and illustrations are nothing new, the text offers new detailed insights into what the army was like and how the campaign was conducted. Highly recommended."
"One of the definitive biographies about Alexander. Green paints a sober (some will say dark) portrait of Alexander and it's important to read the other side of the coin that historians are now eager to explore about Alexander and his bloody conquests."
"One of the big three of the ancient sources of material on Alexander along with Arrian and Plutarch. Not the most reliable but plenty of juicy info not found elsewhere. A must-have for the complete Alexandrian."
"Another interesting book from Frank L. Holt that examines Alexander's Bactria (modern day Afghanistan) campaigns compares them to that of modern invasions of this land by the British, Soviets, and the US. Interesting parallels... The most insightful book about the little understood and unglamorous years of Alexander's life."
"This books deftly covers what makes Alexander such a fascinating figure after nearly 2500 years and why he'll most likely remain for all time. Mosse examines not only the history of the man himself, but the legend that arose around him in his day and that lives on today."
"Another interesting, although sometimes rather obvious, analysis of Alexander as a leader and strategist. There is indeed much to be learned from Alexander's amazing achievements and how he accomplished what he did."
"Alexander's "own words" about his life, conquests, views, lessons, military, stragegy, etc. Light but fun reading. It's easy to envision Alexander saying these things if he could, some 2300 years later."