One of the best military history novels EVER written. Period. Belongs on all military historians shelves next to Keegan, von Clausewitz, Fuller...etc. Examines phalanx warfare during Greece's city-state era using first person accounts garnered from historical documents. Covers the human aspects of battle - the fear, the sounds, they discomfort, the fatigue that almost places one in the center of the phalanx. The Western Way of War refers to the Western World's pursuit of the "decisive battle" (as opposed to the eastern methods of the prolonged struggle). Very incisive, especially given today's global situation.