Summer 330 BC: and Alexander the Great began his assault on the unknown, unconquered part of the world we now call Afghanistan.
IThe campaign was to last for three brutal years and proved to be the bloodiest he and his army ever fought.
Among the ranks of Macedonian infantry is Matthias. The youngest of three brothers, he is eager to prove himself. But the reality is that they face a new kind of enemy: fiercely proud warrior tribes whose beliefs inspire a passionate willingness to die for their cause. Experiencing fear, euphoria, horror and shame, Matthias and his comrades undergo a brutal rite of passage. They must learn to fight a new kind of war. To survive, they must shake off the trappings of 'civilization'; to win, they must adopt the same barbaric tactics as their foe. But at what cost?
Set against the imposing, implacable Afghan landscape, Steven Pressfield's powerful new bestseller demonstrates a profound understanding of the hopes and fears of men in battle and has important things to say about the nature of wars past - and present.show more