The Virtues of War

The Virtues of War

A Novel of Alexander the Great

Book - 2005
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I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. So begins Alexander's extraordinary confession on the eve of his greatest crisis of leadership. By turns heroic and calculating, compassionate and utterly merciless, Alexander recounts with a warrior's unflinching eye for detail the blood, the terror, and the tactics of his greatest battlefield victories. Whether surviving his father's brutal assassination, presiding over a massacre, or weeping at the death of a beloved comrade-in-arms, Alexander never denies the hard realities of the code by which he lives: the virtues of war. But as much as he was feared by his enemies, he was loved and revered by his friends, his generals, and the men who followed him into battle. Often outnumbered, never outfought, Alexander conquered every enemy the world stood against him-but the one he never saw coming. . . .
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2005, ©2004
Edition: Bantam trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9780553382051
Branch Call Number: FICTION Pre
Description: xviii, 348 pages : maps ; 21 cm


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ChristchurchLib Sep 17, 2014

"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life," says Alexander the Great in this novel by bestselling author Steven Pressfield, which recreates the life and reign of the legendary Macedonian king and conqueror. Ascending to the throne of Macedon at age 20, Alexander immediately embarks upon a successful military campaign that brings most of the known world (including Egypt and the Persian Empire) under his rule. By the time he dies, just shy of his 33rd birthday, he has never been defeated. Narrated by Alexander himself, this "splendid fictional biography" (Booklist) will enthrall fans of ancient military history. Historical Fiction September 2014 Newsletter.

Jun 06, 2014

Just to start off, I want to say that this is not a book I would normally read and thus I was not particularly surprised when I didn’t really like it.

The story of Alexander the Great is told here by Alexander himself, he tells it to his young brother-in-law.

I like a good battle in a book, I wouldn’t read most of the historical fiction I do without liking it but the excruciating detail of the army and the tactics were far more than I bargained for when I picked this up. There were some great parts; I enjoyed the portions of the tale that told of Alexander’s father and mother and I thought the writing was fabulous but, for me, the story was way too detached and detailed.

jaysullivan Dec 24, 2011

Interesting for it's depiction of strategy and organization which led Alexander to greatness. Sad that there was no plan for continuation and civilization past his death. All his victories gradually ebbed away except as history.

Jul 25, 2010

A story of Alexander the Great`s campaigns, engagements, conquests and observations as viewed from the saddle. This is an odyssey of one of history`s most accomplished warriors. I was interested in the account of Alexander's encounters with India and Afghanistan. Pretty good Pressfield, not quite Gates of Fire good.


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