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Into the Land of Bones: Alexander the Great in Afghanistan

Into the Land of Bones: Alexander the Great in Afghanistan

Paperback Hellenistic Culture and Society

By (author) Frank L. Holt, Foreword by Peter Green

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 18mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 3 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520274326
  • ISBN 13: 9780520274327
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 492,056

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The so-called first war of the twenty-first century actually began more than 2,300 years ago when Alexander the Great led his army into what is now a sprawling ruin in northern Afghanistan. Frank L. Holt vividly recounts Alexander's invasion of ancient Bactria, situating in a broader historical perspective America's war in Afghanistan.

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Frank L. Holt, Professor of History at the University of Houston, is the author of Lost World of the Golden King, Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions, and Thundering Zeus, all published by UC Press.

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"Frank Holt...narrates [Alexander's] struggle in clear prose that makes this ancient campaign come alive and gives greater appreciation for the challenges that confront all counterinsurgents in Afghanistan-including the U.S. troops still fighting there more than a decade after 9/11." Wall Street Journal 20130125

Table of contents

List of Illustrations Preface to 2012 Edition Foreword by Peter Green Chapter One. Introduction The Crosshairs of History A Deeper Perspective Chapter Two. Hunting The Enemy City of Bones Victories Chapter Three. A Desperate Struggle Explosion Shock Waves Chapter Four. The Hydra Heads Of Bactria A Prophecy A Death Chapter Five. Love And War Little Star of Hope More Opposition Chapter Six. Dark Shadows Chaos Catastrophe Chapter Seven. The Legacy Lost and Found And Sometimes Lost Again Chapter Eight. Conclusion Plato Who? Lady Moon Appendix. Ancient Sources Notes Bibliography Index