The Virtues of War
A Novel of Alexander the Great
By Steven Pressfield
(Bantam, Paperback, 9780553382051, 368pp.)
Publication Date: September 27, 2005
Other Editions of This Title: Audio Cassette
Categories: Historical - General
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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. . . .
STEVEN PRESSFIELD is the author of the novels, Last of the Amazons, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire and Tides of War. He lives in California where he is at work on his next historical novel.
–Praise for Tides of War:
“Pressfield serves up not just hair-raising scenes…but many moments of valor and cowardice, lust and bawdy humor.…Even more impressively, he delivers a nuanced portrait of ancient Athens.”—Esquire
“Unabashedly brilliant, epic, intelligent, and moving.”—Kirkus Reviews
and for Gates of Fire:
“Vivid and exciting, Pressfield gives the reader a perspective no ancient historian offers, a soldier’s–eye view…remarkable.” -—The New York Times Book Review
“Gates of Fire lives up to its billing as an epic novel.…His Greeks and Persians come across as the real thing.”—San Francisco Chronicle