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Alexander the Great by Robin Lane Fox
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Jun 29, 2008

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bookshelves: classical-history, history, nonfiction
Read 2 times. Last read January 1, 2004.

It's well worth the read; very well-written and engaging, it functions well as both an introduction to Alexander's life, and a thoughtful read for people who've already studied the era a little. His psychological analysis of Alexander was considered and logical, and for the most part, I would agree with him; the same can be said of his analysis of the political intrigues of the time, especially of the politics of the former Persian Empire. I also greatly enjoyed the fact that he branched out to describe the peoples and culture and economy of these regions as well, since its an area about which I know little.

There is one enormous caveat attached to the book, however. Due to the fact that I am naught but a poor wee student, I had to pick up a bargain bin copy of the book, complete with movie tie-in cover. Perhaps it was because they were rushing to get it out in order to coincide with the movie's release; but haste or not, this was one of the worst formatted books I've ever read. The maps are such bad quality as to be frequently unintelligible; the layout of the footnotes is hard to follow, especially given the size of the type; and the illustrations are few, dated, and in blurry black-and-white. The typesetting itself, though, was what gave me an enormous headache. There are frequent typos - Alexander faces a possible 'munity' by his troops at one point, while a people called the 'Ews' now seem to have been living in Judaea at the time. Whole lines were transposed in the text at one point. It was irritating, and made the whole book seem a bit amateurish at times, which was a shame

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