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Gates of Fire : An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

By (author) Steven Pressfield

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The national bestseller! At Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece, the feared and admired Spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Theirs was a suicide mission, to hold the pass against the invading millions of the mighty Persian army. Day after bloody day they withstood the terrible onslaught, buying time for the Greeks to rally their forces. Born into a cult of spiritual courage, physical endurance, and unmatched battle skill, the Spartans would be remembered for the greatest military stand in history--one that would not end until the rocks were awash with blood, leaving only one gravely injured Spartan squire to tell the tale.... "From the Paperback edition."

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  • Paperback | 386 pages
  • 130 x 206 x 22mm | 419.99g
  • 27 Sep 2005
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 055338368X
  • 9780553383683
  • 71,157

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Steven Pressfield is the author of The Legend of Bagger Vance. a mystical golf novel currently under option with Robert Redford and Jake Eberts ("Dances with Wolves, Driving Miss Daisy") for feature film adaptation. He makes his home in Malibu, California. "From the Paperback edition."

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"Steven Pressfield brings the battle of Thermopylae to brilliant life, and he does for that war what Charles Frazier did for the Civil War in Cold Mountain." --Pat Conroy "Gripping and swashbuckling...an exciting, romantic, star-crossed story." --"The New York Times" "An incredibly gripping, moving, and literate work of art. Rarely does an author manage to re-create a moment in history with such mastery, authority, and psychological insight." --Nelson DeMille "A novel that is intricate and arresting and, once begun, almost impossible to put down." --"Daily News" "A timeless epic of man and war...Pressfield has created a new classic deserving of a place beside the very best of the old." --Stephen Coonts "From the Paperback edition."

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At Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece, the feared and admired Spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Theirs was a suicide mission, to hold the pass against the invading millions of the mighty Persian army. Day after bloody day they withstood the terrible onslaught, buying time for the Greeks to rally their forces. Born into a cult of spiritual courage, physical endurance, and unmatched battle skill, the Spartans would be remembered for the greatest military stand in history -- one that would not end until the rocks were awash with blood, leaving only one gravely injured Spartan squire to tell the tale....

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The national bestseller! At Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece, the feared and admired Spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Theirs was a suicide mission, to hold the pass against the invading millions of the mighty Persian army. Day after bloody day they withstood the terrible onslaught, buying time for the Greeks to rally their forces. Born into a cult of spiritual courage, physical endurance, and unmatched battle skill, the Spartans would be remembered for the greatest military stand in history--one that would not end until the rocks were awash with blood, leaving only one gravely injured Spartan squire to tell the tale.... "From the Paperback edition.

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