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Thermopylae: The Battle for the West

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    A great telling!

    For a factual account of an historic event written by an economist the resulting book couldn't have been any better! I randomly selected this book to read about the Battle of Thermopylae and I'm not sure that I could have made a better choice if I'd spent time researching. The story telling is very well done and flows nicely througout the book. There were many a night that I stayed up later than I had planned turning pages.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2008

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    Like many who were enthralled with Frank Miller's '300' [although I experienced it years ago in single-issue comics form and not just from the graphic novel compilation or recent movie adaptation], I came to a great appreciation of and admiration for Leonidas and the 300's sacrifice at Thermopylae. Being a devoted student of history, however, I wanted to know more about the Persian Empire and its eventual thwarting in Greece. Steven Pressfield's 'Gates of Fire,' while adequate, was far from the most satisfying read, and so I wanted to turn to a more nonfictional avenue. The late Ernle Bradford did not disappoint in the slightest, offering a splendid and even-handed perspective on both Spartan and Persian military characteristics, weaponry, philosophy, political beliefs, and so on. However, where Bradford wonderfully did not stop is even more remarkable, going on to explain the naval battle of Salamis and the final land battle at Plataea, placing them in the context of the same aforementioned topics for Athenians and all other Greeks. Despite writing an historical text, Bradford's prose is never dry, keeping the reader's interest while filling in many details one would not have thought important and also explaining away or dispelling many of the historical inaccuracies or errors propagated by '300' or 'Gates of Fire.' For the serious student of Grecian military history, in fact of any military history, this will make a fine addition to one's library.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    Fantastic Book

    If you would like to gain a more in depth understanding of Thermopylae including the Spartan and Persian mindsets this is a great book. Don't expect the movie "300" as this is historically accurate and includes details that a true ancient history buff will appreciate

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    Thermopylae

    This is the definitive book on the topic. It presents all sides.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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