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    DescriptionMarathon--one of history's most pivotal battles. Its very name evokes images of almost superhuman courage, endurance, and fighting spirit. But until now, the story of what happened at Marathon has been told exclusively through the narrow viewpoint of specialists in antiquity. In this eye-opening new book, acclaimed journalist Jim Lacey, both a military historian and a combat veteran, takes a fresh look at Marathon and reveals why the battle happened, how it was fought, and whether, in fact, it saved Western civilization. Lacey brilliantly reconstructs the world of the fifth century B.C. leading up to the astonishing military defeat of the Persian Empire by the vastly undermanned but determined Greek defenders. Using the seminal work of Herodotus as his starting point, Lacey reconstructs the tactical and strategic scenario of the battle, including how many combatants each side might have used and who actually led the Greeks. He also disputes the long-repeated myths of Athenian inexperience and effete Persian arrogance. With the kind of vivid detail that characterizes the best modern war reportage, Lacey shows how the heavily armed Persian army was shocked, demoralized, and ultimately defeated by the relentless assault of the Athenian phalanx, which battered the Persian line in a series of brutal attacks. He reveals the fascinating aftermath of Marathon, how its fighters became the equivalent of our "Greatest Generation," and challenges the view of many historians that Marathon ultimately proved the Greek "Western way of war" to be the superior strategy for fighting--and winning--battles to the present day. Immediate, visceral, and full of new analyses that defy decades of conventional wisdom, "The First Clash" is a superb interpretation of a conflict that indeed made the world safe for Aristotle, Plato, and our own modern democracy. But it was also a battle whose legacy and lessons have often been misunderstood--perhaps, now more than ever, at our own peril.


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    Title
    The First Clash
    Subtitle
    The Miraculous Greek Victory at Marathon and Its Impact on Western Civilization
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jim Lacey
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 233
    Width: 167 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 481 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780553807349
    ISBN 10: 055380734X
    Classifications

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    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
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    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
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    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
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    LC classification: DF225.4 .L33 2011
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    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    15 August 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Jim Lacey was an active-duty military officer for twelve years in the 82nd Airborne Division and the 101st Airborne Division. Lacey is currently a professor of strategy, war, and policy at the Marine War College, and an adjunct professor in the Johns Hopkins National Security Program. He also works as a consultant on a number of projects for the United States military. Lacey has written for several publications, including the "New York Post"""and "The New York Sun, "appears regularly in "Military History"""magazine, and was an embedded journalist for "Time "magazine during the invasion of Iraq.
    Review quote
    "On the occasion of the 2500th anniversary of the battle of Marathon, defense analyst James Lacey has not only offered a fresh appraisal of the battle, but in a larger sense demonstrated how the Athenian victory established a precedent of Western military advantage for subsequent millennia. With a fresh eye to tactics, strategy, and military organization, grounded with direct experience with troops on the battlefield, the result is not only new understanding of how the Athenians managed to win, but also a greater appreciation of the beginning of a long tradition of Western military dynamism that we take for granted today."--Victor Davis Hanson, author of "Carnage and Culture "and" The Western Way of War ""With a soldier's eye, Jim Lacey recreates the Battle of Marathon in all its brutal simplicity. This compelling and provocative read makes a potent contribution to an enduring debate."--Barry Strauss, author of "The Battle of Salamis" and Professor of History, Cornell University "A lively and readable account of the battle of Marathon and its significance. Jim Lacey's experience as a professional soldier gives it an added dimension, especially his ability to see the military situation from both sides."--Donald Kagan, author of The Peloponnesian War