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La Conquista de Alejandro Magno

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Ano 338-323 a.C. Varado en la India ante el enemigo, Alejandro y sus tropas no consiguen prosperar en su avance de la conquista asiatica. Este decide entonces contar sus recuerdos a uno de sus hombres y dejar asi registro escrito para la posteridad. Comienza entonces el relato de su infancia en Macedonia, cuando ya acompanaba a su padre a ver el entrenamiento de sus ejerci ...more
Paperback, Bestseller, 432 pages
Published 2006 by Debolsillo (first published 2004)
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Bogdan You could try the Alexander Trilogy by Valerio Massimo Manfredi. It's good. Or if you would prefer a more academic view on Alexander, I recommend…moreYou could try the Alexander Trilogy by Valerio Massimo Manfredi. It's good. Or if you would prefer a more academic view on Alexander, I recommend Arthur Weigall's Alexander The Great. And it's a no brainer that you could also try reading the main sources for Alexander: Plutarch, Arrian, Curtius etc.(less)
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Artemas
Steven Pressfield does it again with this haunting tale of Alexander the Great. I believe this book was released the same year as the Alexander movie starring Collin Farrell, and fans of the movie would probably enjoy this book as well. Both painted a vivid picture of Alexander's life through a brilliant narrative. Some of the battle sequences were written as if Pressfield was sitting astride his own mount on the periphery of the battlefield. Spectacular technical description was combined flawle ...more
Myke Cole
Feb 26, 2016 Myke Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Virtues of War is what its title suggests, a treatise on the personality characteristics and decision making process of great warriors. It is, in the guise of narrative fiction, an instruction manual for leaders of troops, and is incredibly effective at what it does. I only wish I had read it before assuming my first command.

Pressfield is a singular writer, and this is on offer in his ability to make Alexander, a historical figure so remote as to be deified, a sympathetic character who resonate
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Iset

I actually liked this one more than I thought I would. I started reading it coming off the back of having read Mary Renault’s excellent Alexander trilogy not long before, which, for me, is the definitive Alexander fiction, and I went into this book feeling dubious as to whether it could compare. It couldn’t, but it wasn’t all that bad. I certainly enjoyed it more than I did Steven Pressfield’s Last of the Amazons, which was confusing, anachronistic, and had huge plotholes.

The voice of Alexander
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maricar
Feb 25, 2009 maricar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An imagination of dazzling and epic scope.

With “Steven Pressfield” on the cover, it took less than a heartbeat for me to grab this book—after Gates of Fire, I was more than eager to be caught up again in the author’s enthralling prose of storytelling.

Even with the author’s Note on the Reader expressly stating this as a work of fiction, I soon found myself actually believing that it really was Alexander speaking his own thoughts—as he tasted the first of his numerous victories, received the adora
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Jane
Jan 05, 2014 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The novel was interesting, but not Pressfield's best. I thought he reached his apogee with Gates of Fire or possibly Afghan Campaign.

This story begins with Alexander's men wishing to turn back from India and go home; they feel they've fought and died far enough from home for long enough. Alexander's in his tent with Itanes, his young brother-in-law, and wants "someone to talk to ... who can listen without judgment and keep his mouth shut...it is my role to instruct you [in the art of war]." He
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Scott
May 29, 2008 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written in first person, this novel tells the story of Alexander's conquests through his own words. This book was a major turn-off in the beginning because it was nothing more than a statistical summary of all the components of his army during one campaign versus another. He would list in detail the types of weapons his men carried, how much these weapons weighed, how they were utilized and why they were so effective in certain situations. Also a lot of detail on battlefield strategy, which inte ...more
Cassandra Kay Silva
"I am the living soul of the army. As blood flows from the lion's heart to its limbs, so courage flows from me to my countrymen. A million mend stand in arms against us. I will rout them by my will alone."

That line absolutely captures the feeling of Alexander in this novel. Even though this work was not a good as Gates of Fire it is still and outstanding work. Reading it alongside another authors rendition of Alexander, this work breathes fire. Pressfield has an absolute masculine energy that is
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Nate
Jul 28, 2013 Nate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: antiquity, owned
This my second Pressfield novel and is one of those books that inspired a lot of mixed feelings in me. I originally rated it four stars but I think I have to ultimately give it three. What it does, it does excellently, but what it lacks is totally nonexistent. While it does have a ton of fascinating information on Alexander's military and how he carved such a massive empire in a relatively short time without losing a single battle, it's almost impossible to engage on a personal level, which I re ...more
A.J.
Jan 14, 2009 A.J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are very few stories in the short history of civilization that can match that of Alexander the Great. The name alone inspires a kind of awe, and after reading Steven Pressfield's impressive historical-fiction account, I feel as though I have a better appreciation for just how amazing Alexander's life was. In his twenties he was breaking apart the Sacred Band of Thebes, assaulting the Persian empire, and conquering further and faster than anyone to the time had dreamed of doing. It's one th ...more
Sean
Jul 24, 2007 Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Alexander isn't very gay, or very megalomaniacal. He does kick ass, however, and take names, all the way to the Indus and back. Got yer Gaugamela right here, Darius.
Tanya Hristova
I dropped the book after reading more than 300 pages of it, which is not something I do often. It was, however, in turns frustrating and boring, and - after Gaugamela - I couldn't even bring myself to care if and how Alexander defeats Porus. [Spoiler alert: Alexander died without ever losing a battle.] When I say the book was boring, however, I don't mean boring in the sense of ponderous, verbose or over-descriptive. On the contrary, "The Virtues of War" was awfully concise. To the point of bein ...more
Clif Hostetler
Wouldn't it be neat to have an interview with Alexander the Great in which he tells of his life as a soldier in a very introspective manner. Short of a time machine, this novel provides the next best thing thanks to Steven Pressfield's ability to crawl inside the mind of the world's greatest conqueror. The story as told in Alexander's voice covers the spectrum of language from noble rhetoric to earthy solder's vernacular as it narrates the stories of horror and triumph. The battles are described ...more
Bryn Hammond
I get specific so I’ll put this under a spoiler. The short version is, I took quite a dislike to Alexander as here portrayed - he wasn’t a hero-figure for me. I thought, from an Alexander novel, what I want is a hero figure. But this turned out to quite interest me, with its ambivalence. I’d like to be more certain about the author’s intentions: I don’t suppose I was meant to take so against Alexander.

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Terri
It's a 3 star. For many that translates into a fail, and most of the time it does for me too, but this one does fit well with the Goodreads description of what 3 star book means to a reader. 'Liked it'. Because I did. I liked it. It was not always thrilling or humanised enough for me. I never felt connected to Alexander (this is likely due to the first person narrative style of the book) and yet I did not dislike the book. It was simply one of those steady as she goes, beat the drum slowly kind ...more
Arun Divakar
May 23, 2010 Arun Divakar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are three military commanders whom i hold in awe for their genius and prowess : Napoleon, Alexander & Julius Caesar. All men of different times and circumstances but whose feats of valor have still been unmatched in the annals of military history. I read upon the feats of these three men and cant help but think of what grandiose vision, what manic quest for glory drove them forward...Having read and liked Steven Pressfield's rendition of the Battle of Thermopylae here i was with 'Virtu ...more
Chris
Aug 20, 2012 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
120 pages in a week? Inconceivable.

I wanted to like this book, and there were moments when I did. But overall, I was bored out of my skull. Couldn't make it halfway. I already renewed it once at the library and I can't see holding onto it when I'd rather read medication warning labels more exciting stuff.

I think I could like Pressfield, if he'd focus on characters and story rather than play-by-play details of battles. His narrative voice for the first person Alexander is off too. Doesn't make h
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Peter Goodman

“The Virtues of War,” by Steven Pressfield (Random House, 2004;m audiobook read by John Lee). The history/biography of Alexander the Great, told in the first person to a page just before the final battle of the Hydaspes River against Porus in India. Pressfield says he made up a lot, including characters and incidents, but not the details about the battles. The story runs from before the Battle of Chaeronea, when Alexander first showed his tactical skills, then quickly through the assassination o
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Bobby
Aug 15, 2012 Bobby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid 3 stars but not because of any fault of the author!! Just too technical for my tastes. His knowledge of Alexander's campaigns is unbelievable and any student of Alexander, I'm sure, will rave about this read. I appreciated, near the end, the description of what is needed to vanquish an army utilizing guerrila tactics and that logic would explain the U.S. inability to have success against such an eney in Vietnam!
Luke
Dec 29, 2013 Luke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my fascination with Alexander the great started with this book. pressfield, as always depicts battles in a way that makes you feel like you were there with the burning desire to fight alongside those ancient heroes and achieve glory. as if that wasn't enough, the philosophies and lessons presented in this book on what it is too be a soldier and what it means to be a man were truly captivating and inspiring. great read!
Amit Jain
Sep 06, 2015 Amit Jain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a fantastic read! and am assured that everyone will fine it's as entertaining as I did, this is the story of Alexander the Great, narrated by himself. The story captured every nuisance of Alexander's life, we normally hear about his brilliance as a strategic thinker and superb tactical maneuverer but never about his personal fatalities or his brilliance as a social thinker when faced with enormous challenges of amalgamating the territories won with his kingdom or as a leader when fa ...more
Brian Bova
Dec 18, 2014 Brian Bova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned
Another great book from Pressfield. Alexander was a military monster who didn't take no as an answer. Would recommend this book to anyone into reading about old world military. A+++++
Adonis
Feb 12, 2015 Adonis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book that it described different battles really well, and I was able to vividly imagine them.
From the massive armies, to the types of tactics used, to even the amount of horses he'd have to go through during a
fearsome battle. War back in those days must have been crazy.
Loved the way Alexander motivated his soldiers..

As others have said, was kind of hard to fall in love with any of the characters as he never really went into depth about them and also there
were many of them. This is the re
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Kevin
Jun 04, 2016 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I felt the need to put the book down around the halfway point. I think I was getting a bit tired of feeling as if there wasn't any payoff. I picked it up again after a few days and made it through a few more chapters. I'm glad I did! The second half of the novel is many times better than the first half, but I feel you have to read the entire novel to understand the emotional weight experienced in the final chapters.

Nearing the end of the novel, I was sure that I was going to rate this book at 4
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Stephen
Oct 03, 2011 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book exactly nine times. Enough said.
Olethros
Oda a la dynamis y el aedor.-

Género. Novela histórica.

Lo que nos cuenta. En tierras de la India, no muy lejos del río Hidaspes, con una intención a medio camino entre la catarsis contenida y cierto deseo de confesión, el macedonio Alejandro Magno cuenta a su pariente político, paje de tienda y soldado en formación Itanes sus recuerdos sobre el camino que le ha llevado al frente de su ejército hasta un lugar al oriente que nadie de sus regiones de origen había alcanzado nunca, reflexionando sobr
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Shawn
Jun 15, 2016 Shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is kind of sad on my part, but I probably learned more about Alexander the Great’s epic campaign form Steven Pressfield’s excellent historical fiction book The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great than I have through nonfiction readings. It has inspired me to learn more.
I found the Macedonian army’s preference for the conventional type of warfare of the time, and distain for the unconventional guerrilla type war they encountered in their Afghanistan experience an interesting refle
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Hamza Nasir
Jun 09, 2015 Hamza Nasir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book about Alexander the Great, a man who became king at 20 and used his military expertise to conquest Egypt, The mighty Persian Empire, India and much more of the known world. This book is a novelization of his life, and one gets a front seat view of his mindset as the book is written in first person. So how does someone who achieves, conquers and even destroys so much think?

Take away lessons:

1) Complete and utter certainty of purpose. Alexander's destiny, as he calls it, was to conq
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Ryan Morris
Jun 15, 2015 Ryan Morris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the end, I loved this book. I felt for Alexander and will carry his character with me. I say "in the end" because it was a bit of a slow read. It's obvious that Pressfield (Who I love as an author - especially Gate of Fire) loved the Iliad The Odyssey and appreciated Alexander's love of them and wanted to write this in that tone. Much like The Iliad, the endless list of names, places and relatives from unrelatable languages often took me out of the book. The description of the battles and the ...more
Mark McFaddyn
Jan 13, 2015 Mark McFaddyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steven Pressfield is a well-known author of historical fiction. In this work, he turns his attention to Alexander the Great, the king of Macedonia and the world's greatest conqueror. Tutored by Aristotle as a boy, he created empire by the time he was 28 through conquest of the entire known world.

Pressfield's approach is to write as if the book is a collection of ruminations and descriptions written by Alexander himself to his brother-in-law. The first-person narratives and reflections on life ar
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Manda
Nov 13, 2012 Manda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-books
I began this book with great anticipation, as I had not read a historical fiction in a long time, and because I still find Alexander the great to be a fascinating person. I was really hoping that this book would be a mixture of war theory and overall world history.

Alas, "The Virtues of War" was a disappointment. Possibly because so many other authors have dealt with Alexander the Great, Pressfield chooses to ignore aspects of Alexander's life in favor of a an extensive narration of his battles.
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