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Alexander of Macedon

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  156 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
In a breathless tale of the extraordinary Alexander the Great, a master storyteller recreates the high drama which was this infamous demi-god's life. Here is the handsome young prince who chose books over the beautiful young women and men sent to tempt him; the youthful conqueror who ordered bloody massacres but grew sick with self-loathing afterward; the brilliant general ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 403 pages
Published July 1st 1976 by Pinnacle Books (first published January 1st 1946)
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Neil Pearson
Nov 12, 2015 Neil Pearson rated it did not like it
Alexander the Great remains a blind spot in my ancient history which is frustrating as he's always been mentioned in terms of others but I'm having a hard time find a good book about him. This was top of a list that is available on Audio so I gave it a shot. Unfortunately it's the worst type of history - one that reads as a novel. There are lots of "stared angrily" and things the author couldn't possibly know so is clearly fiction. Having established this I had zero faith in anything that was st ...more
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Alexander of Macedon: The Journey to World's End, 1946, Harold Lamb
عنوان: اسکندر در قلمرو امپراتوری ایران؛ نویسنده: هارولد لمب؛ مترجم: صادق رضازاده شفق؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، پارسه، چاپ نخست 1380، این نسخه 1388، در 347 ص، شابک: 9786005026559؛ عنوان دیگر: اسکندر مقدونی؛ موضوع: اسکندر مقدونی از 356 تا 323 قبل از میلاد، داستان، شاهان و فرمانروایان، سرداران، تاریخ یونان، استیلای اسپارت و تب از 404 تا 362 قبل از میلاد
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Derek
Nov 13, 2014 Derek rated it really liked it
In the context of my elementary and high school education, Alexander the Great was the discussion of a day or two, sandwiched between the classical Greek civilization and the legions of Rome, and so it's a shock to see Lamb's meticulous treatment of a conqueror and learned man who managed to transform both Western and Eastern civilization during his short life.

He established no government, imposed no lifestyle, and did not found a dynasty, yet sculpted history for a thousand years afterward. He
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Mary
Jun 19, 2008 Mary rated it liked it
Recommends it for: history enthusiasts
I decided to read another biography of Alexander to get a different perspective from Renault's. I had bought Harold Lamb's "Alexander of Macedon" on Ebay so I got it out and started reading it. Talk about a total flip-flop. Harold Lamb makes Alexander sound like a frightened kid that just seemed to do things right by accident. His cavalry charge at Chaeronea was portrayed as just a result of Alexander being so anxious he spurred his horse because he couldn't take the tension any more. According ...more
Stephen Byron
May 09, 2015 Stephen Byron rated it it was amazing
Wow Wow and Wow this is a must read; even though I think highly of Alexander the Great I was still highly impressed. Harold Lamb tells a story that makes you want to read and keep on reading, you know he writes truth because he gets his facts from such documents as the Anabasis of Alexander. More than 2300 years have passed since Alexander the Greats' life and he is and will always remain GREAT. Maybe Harold Lamb can shed some light on the character on this great man; what do you think?? I recom ...more
taarak
Apr 16, 2007 taarak rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ancient History Enthusiasts
Incomparable historian Harold Lamb does it again with the most authoritative book yet on Alexander.

The enigma of Alexander the Great has remained with us for 2,300 years. In spite of the best efforts of historians, Alexander is no less a mystery to us now than he probably was during his own lifetime. There was no one like him before or since. In the pages of Harold Lamb's intriguing Alexander of Macedon, we find some of the answers to the great riddle of his character. Lamb, author of the magnif
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Ben
Jan 05, 2010 Ben rated it it was amazing
A long, but engaging book on Alexander the Great. The author actually (supposedly) traced his very steps as he sought out sources from which to write an accurate historical account of Alexander's life. The book reads a lot like a novel, which is on purpose. This does not detract from the fact that it is a history book as well. As my interest in Biblical history increases, I am thankful for works such as this, which bring the sometimes inaccessible history of the ancient world into easy grasp and ...more
Bret
Nov 15, 2009 Bret added it
The best glimpse into the ancient mind I've read. A fascinating story, made real by the wealth of first hand historical documents during his life. Did you know he was a scholar at heart, that his travels/conquests were in large part driven by a desire to go beyond the bounds of human habitation to see if there was really evidence for a land of the gods?
Evan
Sep 09, 2013 Evan rated it liked it
Shelves: history
I wanted to learn about Alexander, especially about his aptitude as a general. This book did not really address his military ability. It actually left me more interested in his father, Philip. Although the book did not contain everything I wanted, or hoped to learn, most of it was interesting. Although it seemed slow at the time, all the detail about his childhood was fascinating. But it did make me wonder how so much could be know about his childhood compared to the little that remains about hi ...more
Jatin
Feb 08, 2014 Jatin rated it it was ok
the author does a great job of creating a story out of historic information which keeps the book interesting and fun to read. however, the author has also taken liberties with that same information to suit his own narrative which I do not appreciate and hence I've given this book a low rating. I'm certain there are better books about Alexander out there than this one
Rezwan Marshall
Oct 09, 2015 Rezwan Marshall rated it liked it
its alright..listended on audible..narrator was terrible.
Dara
Jun 02, 2012 Dara rated it liked it
I wanted to read a book that would cause no emotional reaction on me and this one fit the bill nicely. It was a great story, and though I have no particular interest in Alexander, I was entretained and not at all invested emotionally or otherwise. The whole time I kept picturing the cast of the Oliver Stone movie :\
Rozonda
Apr 06, 2012 Rozonda rated it liked it
It starts out with a wonderful idea (Alexander as an intellectual who tries to satisfy his questiions and frustrationsthrough conquering and exploring )but in the end the historian overcomes the novelist, nd he sticks to the known facts.That would be okif he had started out in the same way. Interesting anyway.
Charles
May 16, 2009 Charles rated it liked it
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Probably three and a half stars from me. Not as good as Hannibal but consistently readable and enjoyable.
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Harold Albert Lamb was an American historian, screenwriter, short story writer, and novelist.

Born in Alpine, New Jersey, he attended Columbia University, where his interest in the peoples and history of Asia began. Lamb built a career with his writing from an early age. He got his start in the pulp magazines, quickly moving to the prestigious Adventure magazine, his primary fiction outlet for nine
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