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Posted January 24, 2005
Easy to Read for non-experts
If you are interested in the struggles of the Greeks during this era, then this is an excellent choice for the lay reader. It gets into the depth of not only the politics that create the war but the actual timelines and battles themselves. Excellent source of maps and details of who is fighting who and on which side they are on as well as the outcomes and their impact on future and current events of the time/areaWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 1, 2005
in defense of the original full 4 book series
i have read the 4 book series that this is based on 2 times and it was great. it was very informative and made many arguments and critical analysis for and against many other critics and scholars in the field who have written on the subject. it was very thorough and written with such good description and clarity that even amateur history readers or those just interested in greek history can follow it with no problem, even though greek polotics and state workings in general were complicated and intricate and frail. to make a work that covers the whole war and all of the states involved as well as all of the major and minor figures in it was a monumental task that Kagan masterfully brings to life and also adds his own thoughs to what these figures may have been thinking or why the states were acting and the way the did during all phases of the war. and it helps us try to understand what may have been really going on back then and why things have ended the way they did. my apologies for commenting on the original 4 book series and not on the work in question but if the newer book as just a scaled down version that is more reader friendly than it has to be a great read well worth the time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2004
Read this book
I would argue that this book is good because it brings to life Thucydides account as well as the later acounts. It is far from scholarly, and therefore is excelent reading for those who have not the time to enjoy the classics in there true nature. It could be boring if one does not approach it properly. It is history, with a focus on accuracy. For fantasy one ought to check on other books, but the greatest and truest stories, I would argue, are those which involve the nature of humanity as we have experienced it. Therefore this is a great book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 26, 2009
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