The War That Killed Achilles

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

By Caroline Alexander
Viking Adult, Hardcover, 9780670021123, 320pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 2009

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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.



Praise For The War That Killed Achilles

"In her spectacular and constantly surprising new book, Caroline Alexander has taken the 'original' war book and turned it upside down, making it, as all wars are, an excruciating story of loss...The War that Killed Achilles is a triumph."
-Ken Burns

"This riveting tale of ancient wars, legendary warriors, and mythical gods is at once a great adventure story and a cautionary tale of the enduring perils of hubris and ego. Achilles' life and death are instructive lessons for all of us today."
-Tom Brokaw

"Spirited and provocative...a nobly bold even rousing venture...it would be hard to find a faster, livelier, more compact introduction to such a great range of recent Iliadic explorations."
-Steve Coates, The New York Times

"Penetrating...reflecting her own skills [Alexander] provides her own translation of an entire chapter...a real bonus for the reader, comparing favorably with Lattimore and Fagles."
-Boston Globe




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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