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The First Clash: The Miraculous Greek Victory at Marathon and Its Impact on Western Civilization
     

The First Clash: The Miraculous Greek Victory at Marathon and Its Impact on Western Civilization

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by Jim Lacey
 

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“A compelling and provocative read . . . With a soldier’s eye, Jim Lacey re-creates the battle of Marathon in all its brutal simplicity.”—Barry Strauss, author of Masters of Command
 
Marathon—one of history’s most pivotal battles. Its name evokes images of almost

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The First Clash: The Miraculous Greek Victory at Marathon and Its Impact on Western Civilization 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably the best book about the famous Battle of Marathon to this date. Jim Lacey, being ex military himself, has approached this work from an angle that non military historians miss; the Athenian democratic military achievements up to and including Marathon. A record of victories against their invading neighboring city states. He also disputes the accepted position of non military historians that Miltiades was in command that day. Lacey proposes, and expands on why the true commander was Kalimachos; the elected Athenian Polemarch who was of higher rank than Miltiades. The work is very insightful and supported by many sources. While there are other works that offer allot of information, they all lack the logical conclusions of Lacey. A must read for historians and those interested in the time period.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a great history lesson into the why and how this battle changed the world
rational-reader More than 1 year ago
A reconstruction of the battle based on a fair amount of speculation, but it's speculation based on the author's knowledge of current and well-documented battlefield practices. Well-reasoned, organized clearly, accessible and documented, and well-written, too. The focus is on the battle of Marathon itself, but it contains insights into the cultures, politics, and economics of the Persians and Greeks. In addition to providing a complete picture of the probable flow of the battle, Lacey also makes a compelling case for the pivotal importance of the battle in driving the course of history. An interesting and provocative read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a well done read,great buildup on both armies
Julianuslxiv More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully plausible recreation of a seminal event in world history.
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