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The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield
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Oct 10, 07

Recommended for: fans of historical fiction, military history, ancient history
Read in July, 2007

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, but one cannot help feel that there was more to the enigmatic Alexander than even Pressfield's very great talent can capture.

Nonetheless, the book is very convincing and offers a solid perspective that is, to my mind, historically convincing. Anyone who enjoyed his first two historical books will enjoy this one as well.

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