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    DescriptionBetween 334 and 324 B.C. the Macedonian army, led by Alexander the Great, marched relentlessly across Asia. An event of bravery and cruelty, endurance and greed, Alexander's expedition was a turning point in human history. His conquest opened up contacts between Europe and Asia, unleashing astonishing historical energies that continue to affect the world today. This extraordinary book recreates Alexander's 22,000 mile, ten-year expedition from Greece to India, following as much as possible the actual route of his journey. Historian Michael Wood traversed seventeen countries, trekking through the Zagros Mountains to find the lost site of Alexander's battle at the 'Persian Gates', drinking black tea in the Hindu Kush, listening to ancient stories of Sikander e Aazem, and crossing the Makran Desert with twenty-three camels. He traveled with Lebanese traders, Iranian pilgrims, Afghan guerrillas, and other local people on a journey that took him through many of the twentieth century's major trouble spots, including Beirut and Kurdistan. Wood bases his account of Alexander's conquest on the texts of Greek and Roman historians, but he also reconsiders the Greek adventure in terms of modern ideas on colonialism, orientalism, and racism. The Macedonian conquest, which has mainly been seen through Greek sources, is illuminated for the first time by medieval travelers' narratives, newly discovered oracles, and prophecies on papyrus or clay tablet. At the heart of Wood's powerful story is the towering, enigmatic character of Alexander the Great. He ascended the throne at twenty, conquered much of the known world before he was thirty, and was dead by the age of thirty-two. A ruthless politician, brilliant military tactician, devoted son, family man, lover of both women and men, Alexander was known for his extreme generosity as well as his ferocious cruelty. Following in the conqueror's footsteps centuries later, Michael Wood overhears the words of the fabled Greek mermaid who calls to passing sailors: 'Great Alexander still lives'.


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    Title
    In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great
    Subtitle
    A Journey from Greece to Asia
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael Wood
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 188 mm
    Height: 244 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520231924
    ISBN 10: 0520231929
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: HB
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    B&T Approval Code: A19242020
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    DC21: 938.07092
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 03
    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 938/.07092
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    DC22: 938.07092
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: 97-19188, DS10 .W62 2001
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Thema V1.0: NH
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    01 August 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    Michael Wood is a writer and historian living in England. His book, In Search of the Trojan War (1989), was on The New York Times Best Seller list and accompanied a PBS television series. His other books include In Search of the Dark Ages and Domesday: A Search for the Roots of England.
    Review quote
    "This is a marvelous adventure and a delicious taste of history."--"Publishers Weekly