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
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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 side of the battlefield. Spectacular technical description was combined flawlessly...more
Nate
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.
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
maricar
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...more
Jane
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...more
Scott
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
Sean
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.
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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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...more
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
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
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
Chris
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...more
Bobby
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
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!
Stephen
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...more
Tanya
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
Manda
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....more
Ezra Hood
I don't know if Pressfield planned to write a series of books about the great battles of Greek history when wrote Gates of War, but this third installment (Tides of War is the second, about portions of the Peloponnesian War) is very good. I recommend it with one reservation-- there is (obliquely narrated) an instance of beastiality at the book's open. It's not without function in the narrative, to contrast Alexander with this elders, to foreshadow the Macedonian invasion of Persia, etc. The rema...more
Michael
Stephen Pressfield's books are all the rage in the military right now (I wrote this in 2009), and while I've never been one to follow fads, Pressfield deserves an exception. I'd already read The Afghan Campaign, which is a solider's point of view during Alexander the Great's attempt at subduing the most unconquerable land in the world. With The Virtues of War, written before, we get a fictional memoir of sorts of Alexander himself that spans his entire life. As the title indicates, it shows how...more
Ken
I am a Pressfield fan and was not disappointed with his treatment of Alexander the Great, although this would not be at the top of my list. It has been a long time since I studied this history and that of course was study, not "pleasure reading," so this was a "kind and gentle" way to reacquaint myself with the warrior king.

Of the three Pressfield books I have read Virtues of War would be my third choice. Gates of Fire offers a deeper appreciation of ancient culture, and Killing Rommel examines...more
Nicholas
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Olivia
This was a GREAT read! It has been a long time since I read Pressfield's book Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae, but I'm tempted to say I enjoyed this one just as much. This is the story of Alexander the Great. It is told as a series of flashbacks as Alexander is sitting in India trying, unsuccessfully, to get his army to join him in the push through India to the ocean. Pressfield's battle strategy and tactical explanations are superb. Perhaps as good as Conn Igguldenin h...more
Katie/Doing Dewey
The Virtues of War is the perfect mix of fact and fiction to make a good book. The author clearly did his research and uses accurate details to form a fascinating picture of life around 320BC. However, as he states in the introduction, he’s also able to take liberties with the facts and put battles and speeches in the order which makes the best narrative. Best of all, the book is told as though Alexander is speaking to a nephew, leading to what I think are some of the major strengths of this boo...more
Colin
I just finished re-reading this after a lapse of several years: a novel narrated by Alexander the Great - how cool is that? Similar in some respects to his previous novels of Thermopylae (Gates of Fire) and the Peloponnesian War (Tides of War), this one focuses on warfare in the ancient Greek world (and as far beyond it as Alexander's conquests took him). This book is especially fascinating to me for Pressman's treatment of Alexander's relationship with his daimon, what the Romans would have ca...more
Billy
Unlike Pressfield's other two novels of ancient Greek war, where the narrator was a minor player witnessing great events, The Virtues of War is told from the first person by Alexander the Great himself. The novel tries to retain the conversational feel of the prior two with Alexander relating the tale to an underling.

Like Tides of War, the author can't resist demonstrating his vast knowledge of the Graeco-Persian conflicts, and the story gets bogged frequently in a recitation of the orders of ba...more
Writerlibrarian
A solid 3.5 stars. Told from Alexander's point of view, we follow his journey from the young, brilliant prince to the god like king that conquered most of the known world. The most interesting parts are the way Pressfield gets the reader into the heart of the battles. From Chaeronea, where Philip defeats the Greeks and where Alexander leads the charge, to Granicus where Alexander crosses to Asia and first clashes with Darius to the epic battle of Issus (which you experienced from inside) to the...more
Richard
Oct 10, 2007 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical fiction, military history, ancient history
Steven Pressfield offers a convincing portrayal of Alexander the Great, quite possibly the greatest general in history.

Previously, Pressfield invented an unknown person to serve as his narrator. He thus avoids the danger of failing to strike a convincing tone or find the right voice for well-known historical personages such as Leonidas or Alkibiades. Here, he takes the daring step of telling the story through the eyes of Alexander. This allows him to offer a more intimate portrayal of the man,...more
Vincent
I enjoyed the history lesson provided, of Alexander's conquest of Asia, but I didn't feel like I learned anything new. Of course, the battle descriptions were superb, but the book read more like a history text book, with highlights of war councils and battlefield valor. I guess when the last 12 years of Alexander's life are consumed by conquest, well . . . there you have it.
The Macedonian culture, as well as the culture of many vanquished foes, did not leap off the page, and into my heart as Pr...more
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