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In the Footsteps of Alexander The Great: A Journey from Greece to Asia (edition 2001)
by Michael Wood
In the Footsteps of Alexander The Great: A Journey from Greece to Asia by Michael Wood
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0520231929, Paperback)Intrepid explorer in search of the past, British journalist Michael Wood follows the path of Alexander the Great and his army from Macedonia to the Himalayas and beyond in the fourth century B.C. Always one for adventures to match those of his heroes, Wood takes his readers over harsh deserts and snow-clogged passes, stopping off at interesting places along the way: a Zoroastrian temple in Iran, for instance, where we learn that Alexander is regarded as a devil and called Iskander Gujaste, Alexander the Accursed. Devil or no, Wood allows us to appreciate Alexander for the daring of his enterprise: his conquest of southwestern Asia occupied 22,000 miles and two decades.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:41 -0400)
"Using Greek and Roman historians as his guides, Michael Wood follows Alexander's journey in search of the truth behind the legends, folk tales, and religious texts that depict him as both a brilliant visionary and a ruthless conqueror. He travels on foot and by camel, boat, pack horse and jeep, across the deserts, rivers, and mountain ranges of Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Iran, and war-torn Afghanistan. Before embarking on the grueling return to Babylon, Wood treks through the North-West Frontier into Pakistan and India to the scene of Alexander's last great battle. Throughout the journey, he re-creates the drama of Alexander's epic marches and bloody battles, interweaving the momentous events of the past with current affairs. As he follows in the footsteps of the conqueror, Wood discovers that the legendary, enigmatic figure of Alexander the Great still towers in the twentieth-century imagination."--BOOK JACKET.
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