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The Greek & Persian Wars by John R. Hale
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Sep 29, 2011

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bookshelves: ancient-history, political-thought
Read from September 22 to 29, 2011

This is an entertaining and solid overview of the period. Much of Hale's material overlaps with Elizabeth Vandiver's Herodotus: The Father of History, and of the the two styles, I prefer Vandiver's systematic, analytical take to Hale's general storytelling. (When Hale gets "wound up," he lapses into pronouns, and tends to forget to identify which "he" is acting at any given moment.) Vandiver is also more conscious of chronology, whereas Hale is more conscious of geography: another reason I prefer Vandiver. That said, Hale does an able job of considering these conflicts and especially putting them in a larger context of the ongoing East-versus-West clash that continues to this day.
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