Alexander the Great: Lessons from History's Undefeated General

Alexander the Great: Lessons from History's Undefeated General

Hardback World Generals (Palgrave MacMillan)

By (author) Bill Yenne

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 217mm x 20mm | 314g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230619150
  • ISBN 13: 9780230619159
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 386,624

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Alexander the Great is considered one of the most successful commanders of all time and was known to be undefeated in battle. He is mentioned in the Bible as well as the Qur'an, and is on the shortest of short lists whenever the world's best military leaders are cataloged. When asked to name other great military leaders, Caesar reportedly said Alexander was the only great one. Born in 356 BC, the son of Philip II of Macedonia, Alexander was educated by Aristotle, became a consummate horseman, and commanded a wing of his father's army in the victory over the Thebans and Athenians at the Battle of Chaeronea - all when he was still a teenager. By the time of his death at age 32, he had united Greece and had amassed an empire that stretched from the Adriatic Sea to the Indus River and included all of Persia and most of Egypt. He ruled as both the Shah of Persia and as a Pharaoh of Egypt by right of conquest, and he was also crowned King of Asia. As Yenne shows in this masterful biography, Alexander's influence on the course of cultural and political history and the scope of his military prowess remains awe-inspiring to this day.

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BILL YENNE is the author of more than two dozen books on military, aviation and historical topics. He is a member of the American Aviation Historical Society and the American Society of Journalists& Authors and a regular contributor to International Air Power Review. He also worked with the legendary US Air Force commander, General Curtis E. LeMay. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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Praise for "Alexander the Great" "Hugely experienced military historian Bill Yenne has added yet another glittering feather to his cap with this impeccably source-based account of the military Midas of the ancient world. One can only agree with General Wesley K. Clark that Alexander's legacy is enduringly informative."--Paul Cartledge, A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge University and author of Alexander the Great"An excellent survey of Alexander's exploits and a vivid reminder that the geopolitical landscape hasn't changed that much over the millennia."--John Negroponte, Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in International Affairs at Yale University"In "Alexander the Great," as in all his many books, Bill Yenne displays his talent for succinctly painting the big picture with a series of fascinating details that make ancient history come alive. Only an author of his experience and capability could render the amazing story of Alexander the Great with such accuracy and feeling. Yenne grabs the reader on page one and doesn't let go until the book is ended with an intriguing chapter on what might have been if Alexander's life had not been cut short. This book will make us yearn for the return of a leader like Alexander to resolve our current wars in the Middle East."--Walter Boyne, Colonel USAF (Ret.) and Former Director of the National Air & Space Museum "Powerful, compelling and rich in detail, Bill Yenne's "Alexander the Great" tells the remarkable story of a military leader unequaled in his time and perhaps unequaled in recorded history. In just a few short years Alexander was able to conquer the known world, utilizing an army that mirrored its leader; fast, dependable, tactically skilled and strategically sound. The fact is that the army of Alexander was a lethal force, unstoppable and undefeated on the battlefield. Yenne, an accomplished historian and master storyteller, leads the reader through the world of Alexander, explaining and expl

Table of contents

Before Alexander Early Days Chaeronea Long Live the King From Granicus to Halicarnassus Turning Point at Issus The Reduction of Tyre Bloody Gaza Wonders of the World Decision at Gaugamela Last Stand at Persian Gate Men Fly Over Sogdian Rock Siege at Aornos Triumph at Hydaspes Trouble on the Indus Death in Babylon What Was What Might Have Been Lasting Legacy