Alexander the Great: Lessons from History's Undefeated General

Alexander the Great Lessons from History s Undefeated General When the Oracle of Delphi told Alexander the Great that he was invincible it was right The son of the great King Philip II of Macedonia Alexander was educated by Aristotle and commanded a wing of hi

  • Title: Alexander the Great: Lessons from History's Undefeated General
  • Author: Bill Yenne Wesley K. Clark
  • ISBN: 9780230619159
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When the Oracle of Delphi told Alexander the Great that he was invincible, it was right The son of the great King Philip II of Macedonia, Alexander was educated by Aristotle and commanded a wing of his father s army in the victory over the Thebans and Athenians at the Battle of Chaeronea all when he was still just a teenager By the time of his death at age 32, he hadWhen the Oracle of Delphi told Alexander the Great that he was invincible, it was right The son of the great King Philip II of Macedonia, Alexander was educated by Aristotle and commanded a wing of his father s army in the victory over the Thebans and Athenians at the Battle of Chaeronea all when he was still just a teenager By the time of his death at age 32, he had amassed an empire that stretched from the Adriatic Sea to the Indus River and included all of Persia and most of Egypt He ruled as both the shah of Persia and as a pharaoh of Egypt by right of conquest, and he was also crowned king of Asia Here, historian Bill Yenne illuminates the legendary vision of this classical hero Exhibiting the best traits of a battlefield leader, Alexander was audacious, aggressive, fearless and victorious His unfailing integration of strategic vision and tactical genius took him to the ends of the earth, and into immortality as a military leader Alexander s influence on cultural and political history and the scope of his military prowess remains awe inspiring to this day.

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    One Reply to “Alexander the Great: Lessons from History's Undefeated General”

    1. Great! I thought I knew a lot about Alexander the Great and his conquests, but as it turns out not nearly as much as I thought. Fascinating read/listen. I want to read even more about Alexander, Cyrus, Darius and Xerxes. Alexander, a student of Aristotle and thus of the philosophical lineage of Plato and Socrates, was a thinker, strategist, engineer and skilled politician far, far ahead of his time. He could be savage or merciful and generous. He led his men from the front, with great courage. H [...]

    2. I listened to this as an audiobook & my criteria for audiobooks are different from reading. I want something that is interesting, that I'll enjoy but doesn't matter if I skip a bit because my concentration wanders. I learned a lot from this -- never thought of Alexander as someone who used engineering to solve many military problems (but knowing his Greek education, I should have). Never thought of Alexander as the great proponent of multiculturalism that he was but he intended his empire to [...]

    3. A refreshing look at history's greatest general without all of the PC stuff that infiltrates so much of today's reading material. It gets really tiring when an author (or documentary, for that matter -- I'm looking at you, National Geographic) interprets history using today's standards. This is a relatively short read, under 200 pages, that succinctly captures the military genius of a man whose multicultural ideas were far ahead of his time. Recommended.

    4. Listened to book on CD in the car. The narrator was good, especially considering there were foreign names and geographical descriptions. The book is perfect for military history buff, but got a little too much for me at times. Nevertheless, I learned a lot about Alexander.

    5. It was a bit too man-worhippy for me, but it had some good information and good use and analysis of original and secondary sources.

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