The War That Killed Achilles

The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War

By Caroline Alexander
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143118268, 320pp.)

Publication Date: September 28, 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Compact Disc, Compact Disc, MP3 CD, MP3 CD

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“In a new and refreshing examination of The Iliad, Caroline Alexander gives fascinating perspective on the Western world’s first epic poem. Delving into questions of duty, honor, obligation, and moral authority, Alexander gives us an Achilles more heroic than his legend and asks us to seriously question what lessons were intended to me imparted in the original narration.”
-- Bill Cusumano, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI


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"Spectacular and constantly surprising."
-Ken Burns


Written with the authority of a scholar and the vigor of a bestselling narrative historian, The War That Killed Achilles is a superb and utterly timely presentation of one of the timeless stories of Western civilization. As she did in The Endurance and The Bounty, New York Times bestselling author Caroline Alexander has taken apart a narrative we think we know and put it back together in a way that lets us see its true power. In the process, she reveals the intended theme of Homer's masterwork-the tragic lessons of war and its enduring devastation.




About the Author

 Caroline Alexander has written for The New Yorker, Granta, Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian, Outside, and National Geographic and is the author of four previous books.




NPR
Saturday, Oct 24, 2009

Homer's epic poem "The Iliad" dates back thousands of years, but author Caroline Alexander says its themes, especially about war, ring true today. Guy Raz talks to Alexander about her new book, The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War. More at NPR.org

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