Vitues of War, the

Vitues of War, the

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  • Publisher: Bantam USA
  • Format: Paperback | 348 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 206mm x 20mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0553382055
  • ISBN 13: 9780553382051
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 304,440

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"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life." So begins Alexander's extraordinary confession on the eve of his greatest crisis of leadership. By turns heroic and calculating, compassionate and utterly merciless, Alexander recounts with a warrior's unflinching eye for detail the blood, the terror, and the tactics of his greatest battlefield victories. Whether surviving his father's brutal assassination, presiding over a massacre, or weeping at the death of a beloved comrade-in-arms, Alexander never denies the hard realities of the code by which he lives: the virtues of war. But as much as he was feared by his enemies, he was loved and revered by his friends, his generals, and the men who followed him into battle. Often outnumbered, never outfought, Alexander conquered every enemy the world stood against him-but the one he never saw coming. . . .

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STEVEN PRESSFIELD is the author of the novels, "Last of the Amazons, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire "and "Tides of War." He lives in California where he is at work on his next historical novel.

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-Praise for "Tides of War: ""Pressfield serves up not just hair-raising scenes...but many moments of valor and cowardice, lust and bawdy humor....Even more impressively, he delivers a nuanced portrait of ancient Athens."--"Esquire ""Unabashedly brilliant, epic, intelligent, and moving."--"Kirkus Reviews "and for "Gates of Fire: ""Vivid and exciting, Pressfield gives the reader a perspective no ancient historian offers, a soldier's-eye view...remarkable." ---"The New York Times Book Review """Gates of Fire "lives up to its billing as an epic novel....His Greeks and Persians come across as the real thing."--"San Francisco Chronicle " "From the Hardcover edition."

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Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) ascended to the throne of Macedon at the age of twenty. He fought his greatest battles--including the conquest of the mighty Persian Empire--before he was twenty-five and died at the age of thirty-three, still undefeated by any enemy. His reputation as a supreme warrior and leader of men is unsurpassed in the annals of history. In the brilliantly imagined first-person voice of Alexander the Great, acclaimed novelist Steven Pressfield brings to life his epic battles, his unerring command of his forces, and the passions and ambitions that drove him. A full-blooded, multidimensional portrait, THE VIRTUES OF WAR captures Alexander's complex character. Alexander was a fearless commander who moved with such daring and speed that no army could withstand him; a driven leader whose ambitions knew no limits; and a man with boundless compassion for his troops, deep friendships with his generals, and profound respect for his enemies. Yet in the end, his noble qualities were subsumed by his insatiable lust for glory. No one writes about battles as brilliantly as Pressfield, and in THE VIRTUES OF WAR he vividly describes the seminal conflicts of Alexander's career, revealing the tactics behind them and capturing the blood, heat, and terror of the battlefield. He follows Alexander's forces as they faced and defeated armies that far outnumbered them; delivers a thrilling frontline report from Gaugamela, the scene of Alexander's greatest victory; and, in a memorable vignette, shows the great conqueror finally halted, not by an enemy but by the refusal of his worn-out troops to march any farther. Epic in scope and magisterial in tone, THE VIRTUES OF WARis sure to take its place among the classics of historical fiction.