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An attempt to replicate current events in the 4th century BCE
Not nearly as good a book as "Killing Rommel". The reason, perhaps, is best illustrated by an effusive review suggesting that the experience of Alexander's soldiers provided a cautionary tale for our own involvement in Afghanistan. What rubbish! Where does he think the author drew his material? The accounts of Alexander's campaign's are sparse, and border on panegyric - there are no contemporary accounts of the common soldier's experience. Oh, plus ca change, no doubt, as it applies to basic human motivation, but culture most definitely changes. It is as unlikely that the experiences of Pressfield's protagonist mirrored our current experience in Afghanistan, as that Robert Graves's Claudius really thought like a 20th century Briton.
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