35th out of 86 books — 36 voters
The Genius of Alexander the Great
By the time of his death in 323 B.C., Alexander III of Macedonia had built an empire which stretched from the eastern Mediterranean coast through Asia Minor and into the Indus valley. Even before his sudden death, Alexander had achieved mythical status throughout his kingdom, and in the centuries that followed his life became the subject of countless chronicles and biograp...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 248 pages
Published 1998 by University of North Carolina Press
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Dry, but as factual as this Alexander expert can make it. "Alexander succeeded Philip II as king of Macedonia in 336 B.C., and spent the next thirteen years subduing and consolidating the lands of the Persian Empire." This dude was good at conquering and politics. For those who cooperated, he would give them land and authority to reign justly; for those who resisted, he would crush them with his well-trained soldiers and great tactics. He basically suddenly died of a cold at age 32.