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The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the…

The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great

by Steven Pressfield

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Incredible read. If we can go by what history says of this iconic and mythical figure then he was by far the most superior tactician the world has ever or probably ever will see. I understand this is a work of fiction and the writer does take some liberty with the material. Well written...the battles are intimate and intense while the glory is there, Alexander takes great care to convince his men that glory comes second, staying alive and winning is non-negotiable and paramount. ( )
  Hymlock | May 15, 2017 |
Enjoyed reading it but way too many names = Macedonians, Greeks, Persians, etc. Plus place names. I think it might have been better to delete some of the names but then maybe it wouldn't feel that authentic. It's basically Alexander's dictation of life events and included some of the conflicts he may have experienced between high ideals and the truth of war. ( )
  VictoriaJZ | Mar 30, 2017 |
Every male should read this book. Why? Because the story is about all aspects of war that men in all societies today are taught to understand and emulate. ( )
  normaleistiko | Dec 6, 2015 |
Descrições talvez exageradamente detalhadas do armamento mas uma perspectiva interessante da parte do Alexandre o Grande e de quem ele pode confiar. Era suposto ser muito mais interessante mas acaba por ser praticamente as descrições detalhadas das batalhas e do armamento. Muito decepcionante. ( )
  bruc79 | Jul 31, 2015 |
I was enthralled to read about Alexander's exploits from "his own" mouth. Several times, I would promise myself sleep upon finishing the current chapter; only to be left with a cliff hanger so enticing I couldn't help but to read on into the night.

The author did a great job of placing us in ancient times and distant lands. This might have been the best historical fiction I have ever read and I cannot wait to read more from Steven PRessfielfd. This was a truly great book! ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
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He ruled over these nations, even though they did not speak the same language as he, nor one nation the same as another; for all that, he was able to cover so vast a region with the fear which he inspired, that he struck all men with terror and no one tried to withstand him; and he was able to awaken in all so lively a desire to please him, that they always wished to be guided by his will.
--Xenophon, "The Education of Cyrus"
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I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. So begins Alexander’s extraordinary confession on the eve of his greatest crisis of leadership. By turns heroic and calculating, compassionate and utterly merciless, Alexander recounts with a warrior’s unflinching eye for detail the blood, the terror, and the tactics of his greatest battlefield victories. Whether surviving his father’s brutal assassination, presiding over a massacre, or weeping at the death of a beloved comrade-in-arms, Alexander never denies the hard realities of the code by which he lives: the virtues of war. But as much as he was feared by his enemies, he was loved and revered by his friends, his generals, and the men who followed him into battle. Often outnumbered, never outfought, Alexander conquered every enemy the world stood against him–but the one he never saw coming. . . .

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Narrated in the voice of Alexander the Great, Steven Pressfield brings to life the epic battles, the unerring command of his forces, and the passions and ambitions that drove one of the world's greatest commanders, and paints a portrait of this complex character.… (more)

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