The War That Killed Achilles

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

"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 is the author of the international bestsellers The Endurance and The Bounty. A Rhodes Scholar, she was a lecturer at the University of Malawi, where she established the department of Classics. She received her doctorate in Classics at Columbia University, where she was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities. Alexander is a contributing writer for National Geographic Magazine and has written for The New Yorker, Smithsonian, and Outside.