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The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2004

    Mediocre

    This novel is a fictional narration of Alexander himself reccounting his staggering conquest covering over 11,000 miles from his homeland Macedonia and all the way to the doorsteps of India. Although it is a grand tale of a grand person, but the book is watered downed and brief. This nothing compared to Pressfield's previous book, Gates of Fire, which sold gazillion copies worldwide and was reprinted six times. His strength was character development, and in GoF, he made us care deeply about the protagonists. While reading this book, I realized I wouldn't really give a hoot if Alexander himself was struck down in battle. Nevermind the minor characters. Not even the battle scenes were exciting. It ain't what it used to be. There is no emotion. This book informs readers of ancient war tactics and the definition of a soldier. Besides that, it doesn't offer much. This is not a memorable book. If you are not a fan of historical fiction, might as well just crack open an encyclopedia and look under 'A' and save time. I was quite disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    Not a Military Historians Book

    This is not a book for a history major. While it is interesting, its fictional and literary side is the main focus. It is written in the same 1st person listening to a story 3rd person that the author used in Gates of Fire which can at time be confusing. As a fictional account it is interesting, but but historically it could be better.

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