Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 198mm x 20mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1400079195
  • ISBN 13: 9781400079193
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 4 MAPS, 6 BATTLE PLANS, 37 B&W
  • Sales rank: 462,823

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Paul Cartledge, one of the world's foremost scholars of ancient Greece, illuminates the brief but iconic life of Alexander (356-323 BC), king of Macedon, conqueror of the Persian Empire, and founder of a new world order. Alexander's legacy has had a major impact on military tacticians, scholars, statesmen, adventurers, authors, and filmmakers. Cartledge brilliantly evokes Alexander's remarkable political and military accomplishments, cutting through the myths to show why he was such a great leader. He explores our endless fascination with Alexander and gives us insight into his charismatic leadership, his capacity for brutality, and his sophisticated grasp of international politics. Alexander the Great is an engaging portrait of a fascinating man, and a welcome balance to the myths, legends, and often skewed history that have obscured the real Alexander.

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Paul Cartledge is widely acknowledged to be the world's leading expert on the subject of Sparta and ancient Greece. He is Professor of Greek History and Chairman of the Classics Faculty at Cambridge University and has written and edited many articles and books, including "The Spartans," published by Anchor, the subject of a PBS documentary series of the same name. Cartledge is also academic consultant to the BBC and PBS for the series "The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization."

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"May be the most accessible introduction in print.... An amazingly solid, balanced, and evocative view of the man." -"The Washington Post Book World" "Readable and engrossing.... Immediate, discursive, insightful, and highly engaging." -"Pittsburgh Tribune-Review" "Incisive and judicious.... What Cartledge does so well is explain the ancient world of Greeks and Persians." -"The Sunday Seattle Times/Post-Intelligencer"