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Persian Fire: First World Empire And The Battle For The West (2005)
by Tom Holland
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307279480, Paperback)In the fifth century B.C., a global superpower was determined to bring truth and order to what it regarded as two terrorist states. The superpower was Persia, incomparably rich in ambition, gold, and men. The terrorist states were Athens and Sparta, eccentric cities in a poor and mountainous backwater: Greece. The story of how their citizens took on the Great King of Persia, and thereby saved not only themselves but Western civilization as well, is as heart-stopping and fateful as any episode in history. Tom Holland’s brilliant study of these critical Persian Wars skillfully examines a conflict of critical importance to both ancient and modern history.
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This is a brilliant account of the world's very first clash of civilisations between the Persians and the Greeks. Tom Holland has written several books including 'The Vampyre' and 'Deliver Us From Evil', and won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History in 2004.
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