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Lords of the Sea by John R. Hale
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Dec 03, 09

bookshelves: history, war
Read in November, 2009

What a great book! Hale tells an important story very very well--his prose is smooth, vivid, and easy; he conveys sometimes difficult concepts simply; he makes the Golden Age of Athens live and breathe. As Donald Kagan (THE dean of scholars of this age), finding something new and important to say about Athens, the wars with Persia and Sparta, Periclesian Athens...it's rare and important. But it reads almost like a novel. Great maps and line drawings, too.
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