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A book worthy of a great general. 17 mai 2010
Par Lance B. Hillsinger - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Bill Yenne's "Alexander the Great" is part of the "The World Generals Series". Like other books in the series, Alexander The Great, is written in a straightforward, chronological manner. There is little speculation or conjecture by the author. When, ancient sources differ, Yenne says something, Plutarch said it happend "this way" but Nicomedia said it happened "this other way."

However, what impressed this reviewer was not with how much ancient sources differed, but how similar was their telling of the story. For instance, all sources seem to agree as to the name of Alexander's favorite horse, when entered Babylon, how far he marched his army and so on.

In his telling of the story of Alexander, Yenne makes comparaions between Alexanders' situation to events in the modern era. These comparasions make the dry facts (such as the order of battle) become more interesting and relevant.

To underscore releveance to the modern era, Yenne's Alexander the Great comes with a short introdution by General Wesley Clark. Clark wants the reader to be see how Alexander was great a "quaterback". How he marshalled his forces. How he was able to read "defenses." How, like a great quaterback, he was able to use intution to make the most of a critical siutation.

However, as Yenne shows us, Alexander The Great was much more than a "quaterback." Unlike many other ancient, and even modern, generals, Alexander wasn't afraid to be a mentor to his subordiantes. He was also an accomplished engineer; he able to find unique technical solutions to challenging tactical sitautions. He was also quite a diplomat; he was able to turn enemies into allies. Further, he was way ahead of his time culturally. Unlike other conquerors, he genuinely appreciated customs not his own. As Yenne shows us, Alexander was "great" in many ways besides being a great "quaterback."

Scholars might want additional detail, but as just under two hundred pages, Yenne's Alexander the Great, was long enough to give the reviewe a clear understanding of one of the great personages of history, but without too much excessive detail or scholarly commentary.
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Alexander the Great is Great 3 janvier 2011
Par D. W. Bartee - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This was one I found it difficult to put the book down. One of the best of the series. The author does an amazing job of captivating the reader on a wonderful crusade depicting the short life of this amazing general. The book is well researched with excellent comparisons to other historical military events during the past century. You can clearly visualize the events unfolding on the battlefields and the genius behind the man. It was not so much that Alexander was a great soldier but a brilliant politician and administrator. These facts are so very critical yet often overlooked. A great read for the casual reader as well as the military buff. Cheers to this author!
Lessons for These Times 10 novembre 2014
Par The Peripatetic Reader - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The memory of Alexander the Great is still alive and well in Modern Greece. There is a popular saying, O Megas Alexandros zei kai vasilevei, translated as “Alexander lives and rules,” which is still spoken in Greece to this day. Such is the modern memory of Alexander.

Much is made in this book of how Alexander ruled, to date, the largest empire and was never defeated in battle. True enough. The lessons derived from his life and manner of leadership still is able to inform modern life.

This book concentrates on the military prowess of Alexander the Great. It is derived primarily from accounts given in Plutarch and Xenophon and other ancient sources.

Admitted the book does not deal with the political savvy possessed by Alexander the Great. In every land he conquered he encouraged his soldiers and officers to intermarry with the local population. The conquered lands thereby became centers of Greek culture and learning. He was not concerned with mere military conquest but a true investment into the future. Alexander did not limit his activities for short-term military goals but looked ahead to the future. In this respect this is a lesson that bears repeating.

The book touches upon these political aspects but does not dwell on them, emphasizing the military side of Alexander.

For those looking for the military genius of Alexander this book is more than adequate.

O Megas Alexandros Zei kai vasilevei!
Terrific Read by a Master 10 mai 2014
Par Dr Lee - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I couldn't put this book down! Full of life-lessons, as well as a fascinating tale! An oldie but goodie, and Bill tells it so well. Highly recommend for both pleasure and historical value--You can trust this author!
I highly recommend it. 25 juillet 2014
Par Ronald D. Thompson - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Reads well, lots of conservatively presented history. I highly recommend it.
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