Alexander the Great: World Conqueror

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Raised in Athens and educated by some of the greatest tutors in ancient Greece, Alexander III was thrust into a position of kingship after the death of his father. He used cunning strategies and a massive army to dominate the battlefield. Each victory left him with an increasing desire for wealth and fame. By the time he died, Alexander had conquered much of the known world and is known by most historians as Alexander the Great.
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Raised in Athens and educated by some of the greatest tutors in ancient Greece, Alexander III was thrust into a position of kingship after the death of his father. He used cunning strategies and a massive army to dominate the battlefield. Each victory left him with an increasing desire for wealth and fame. By the time he died, Alexander had conquered much of the known world and is known by most historians as Alexander the Great.
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Children's Literature - Mary Loftus
A straightforward biography of the ancient King of Macedonia from the "Signature Lives" series, this is a nice-looking book with color illustrations, maps, photos, and fairly easy-to-read text. The life of Alexander is laid out in chronological order with the requisite litany of battles, leaders, betrayals, and conquests. This book is probably best for the reader who is new to the topic. As far as a nonfiction book for the educational market, it is pretty standard. Included are color illustrations, maps, and loads and loads of sidebars. There is a plethora of sidebars on topics from the Olympics to sarissa, a weapon of the Macedonians. Readers will also learn a bit of geography as they read about the spread of the Greek empire. The book concludes with an illustrated time line, additional resources, web site references, a glossary, and source notes.
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Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States. Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.
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