Alexander: A History of the Origin and Growth of the Art Of War from the Earliest Times to the Battle of Ipsus, B.C. 301, With a Detailed Account of the Campaigns of the Great Macedonian (Great Captains)
A classic history of one of the world's greatest military commanders. At the age of 20, Alexander the Great inherited the near-bankrupt kingdom of Macedonia and its small but revolutionary army, built around an unbreakable infantry phalanx and a shock cavalry force. In just ten years, he led this army on a march of conquest across most of the known world: Greece, Asia Mino...more
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Published August 4th 2012 by Tales End Press
(first published 1890)
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Dec 25, 2013 Tyler Windham rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Theodore Dodge may have, in this book, created the greatest story of Alexander's campaigns ever to be written; even better than the famous Arrian in my view. His writing style is lively, enthralling,and descriptive and will definitely leave the reader captivated! Alexander was definitely a great man and possibly the greatest (surely one of the greatest) captains in history and Dodge unashamedly portrays him as such, however, he does not shy away from the flaws in the Macedonian prince's incandes...more
Apr 21, 2008 Dennis Sison rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Alexander, great or otherwise
Dodge's books have a very classic feel to them. Hand drawn illustrations and battle maps add to the ambience of reading something your grandpa might have read in his study back in the good ole days. Some of the material feels dated, such as Dodge's obvious lack of respect for Eastern and Middle Eastern warfare (the Orientals...), but if you keep in mind when this book was written, I think you'll get by just fine. I really wish textbooks were written like this today...
Of the three definitive biographies written by Dodge;(Alexander, Caeser, Hannibal), this was my favorite. Dodge's insights from his own military career during the US civil war breathe a life into this account that draws you in. Alexander of Macedon's strategies and tactics are explained by a military officer whose first hand, wartime experience, sheds light on them in a manner not possible by a back-room scholar. Enjoy!
This was my second favorite of the three books I have read on Alexander. A good military summary, although this is mostly because it is written my a former army general. It lacks a little on the scholarly side (especially political) but it is by no means a bad book.
Dodge set the standard on comprehensive military studies of the great commanders. And despite the passage of more than a century since his books were first published he still reads well. This is his take on history's first great captain.
Theodore Ayrault Dodge was an American officer and military historian. He fought as an Union officer in the American Civil War, and lost his leg at the Battle of Gettysburg; as a writer, he devoted his writings to both the American Civil War and the great generals of Ancient and European history.More about Theodore Ayrault Dodge...