Alexander the Great and His Timesby Agnes Savill
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He was educated by Aristotle, he was king of Macedon, conquerer of much of Asia and one of the greatest leaders in the world. He was incontestably one of the most brilliant generals of all time and one of the most powerful personalities of antiquity. He influenced the spread of Hellenism and instigated profound changes in the course of world development.
Here is a full study of the life, personality, accomplishments, and failures of Alexander of Macedon, more commonly known as Alexander the Great.
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Ms. Savill suggests at one point that what people see in Alexander says more about themselves than about him. While she is clearly among his admirers, she gives us enough insight into his character that we can form our own conclusions about this complex hero, and why he still matters. Perhaps the first conquerer whose intention was to 'civilize' the conquered, he is a forerunner of the British and American empirical projects. His techniques are still studied in military schools today. I had been reading about his exploits in the East, when Derek Leebaert, in a presentation of his book 'To Dare and to Conquer: Special Operations. . . from Achilles to Al Qaeda' on C-Span's booktv mentioned the battle for Aornos as an early example of 'special operations'. While one can criticize some aspects of Ms. Savill's book, it is an honest attempt to find the real man behind the myth, and I found it fascinating. I do have one quibble: I would like to know who Ms. Savill is, and when the book was first published, as this is obviously not the original edition, and the book contains no biographical info on the author.
Very comprehensive history of Alexander. Some of the author's 'intepretations' are amateur psychological analysis, leading the reader to think this was written in the 1930s. She also has the annoying habit of including incomprehensible lists of ancient Greeks, as in naming all the generals involved in an event. If you can overlook this tedium, I doubt that you will find a more encompassing description of Alexander, who was truly great. He remains little understood.