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The Ten Thousand by Michael Curtis Ford
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Jul 11, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: Any curious about how life used to be in Ancient times.
Read in July, 2007

This may very well be the best written book I've ever picked up. Remarkable considering this is the author's first book, or perhaps because of it.

He really has done his homework well, and according to his credits, has made quite a few contacts with others very knowledgeable of the times.

The story, a true story, takes place in and around 400BC and upon the occasion of an uprising of a Persian prince who feels he was wronged by his brother and wants to take the throne from him. This prince was no fool and he remembered well the tenacity and fighting skill of the Greeks, he therefore recruits a large number of them (10,000 plus retainers) to add to his massive army.

The well written part comes into play when you pick up the book and become an eye witness of the events; he puts exactly enough detail into the scenes he describes that it becomes so vivid, so real, yet not an ounce too much to where it would make the book more of a scholarly text. It’s fun to read, it keeps you attention, and it’s details of the life and times is fascinating to anyone who has ever wonder “…what life was like for them.”
And as a bonus, you get to witness very real, very human lessons about the ways of the world: betrayal of the worst kind, complicated relations ships between sons and fathers, etc…
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message 1: by JT (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:32AM) (new)

JT Isn't this by the same guy who wrote Pokey the Little Puppy? Was this the pop-up version or the coloring book one?

message 2: by lamarcus (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:33AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

lamarcus brown ~sigh

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