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Alexander the Great: Lessons from History's Undefeated General (World Generals Series)

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When the Oracle of Delphi told Alexander the Great that he was invincible, it was right.

The son of the great King Philip II of Macedonia,Alexander was educated by Aristotle and commanded a wing of his father's army in the victory over the Thebans and Athenians at the Battle of Chaeronea—all when he was still just a teenager. By the time of his death at age 32, he had a

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published March 24th 2010)
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Feb 01, 2015 Charlene rated it liked it
I listened to this as an audiobook & my criteria for audiobooks are different from reading. I want something that is interesting, that I'll enjoy but doesn't matter if I skip a bit because my concentration wanders. I learned a lot from this -- never thought of Alexander as someone who used engineering to solve many military problems (but knowing his Greek education, I should have). Never thought of Alexander as the great proponent of multiculturalism that he was but he intended his empire to ...more
Charles Baker
Nov 22, 2011 Charles Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great! I thought I knew a lot about Alexander the Great and his conquests, but as it turns out not nearly as much as I thought. Fascinating read/listen. I want to read even more about Alexander, Cyrus, Darius and Xerxes. Alexander, a student of Aristotle and thus of the philosophical lineage of Plato and Socrates, was a thinker, strategist, engineer and skilled politician far, far ahead of his time. He could be savage or merciful and generous. He led his men from the front, with great courage. H ...more
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Oct 05, 2014 Kian B rated it liked it
It's pretty interesting. I recommend it.
Nov 28, 2010 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A refreshing look at history's greatest general without all of the PC stuff that infiltrates so much of today's reading material. It gets really tiring when an author (or documentary, for that matter -- I'm looking at you, National Geographic) interprets history using today's standards. This is a relatively short read, under 200 pages, that succinctly captures the military genius of a man whose multicultural ideas were far ahead of his time. Recommended.
Nov 11, 2011 Stella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to book on CD in the car. The narrator was good, especially considering there were foreign names and geographical descriptions. The book is perfect for military history buff, but got a little too much for me at times. Nevertheless, I learned a lot about Alexander.
Sep 12, 2013 Shad rated it it was ok
It was a bit too man-worhippy for me, but it had some good information and good use and analysis of original and secondary sources.
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Jul 09, 2011 Bill Tucker marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm taking a break from Alexander to focus on a number of library books. (7/9/11)
Nov 05, 2013 Darryl rated it really liked it
interesting lessons indeed
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Bill Yenne is the author of several novels and over three dozen books on historical topics. He has also been a contributor to encyclopedias of both world wars.

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