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Alexander the Great
     

Alexander the Great

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by Robin Lane Fox
 

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Robin Lane Fox's accessible and erudite life of Alexander the Great searches through the mass of conflicting evidence and legend to focus on the living actuality of the man and his experience--'It is tempting', he concludes, 'to see in Alexander the romantic's complex nature for the first time in Greek history.' Beautifully written perceptive and fluent, it is a

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Robin Lane Fox's accessible and erudite life of Alexander the Great searches through the mass of conflicting evidence and legend to focus on the living actuality of the man and his experience--'It is tempting', he concludes, 'to see in Alexander the romantic's complex nature for the first time in Greek history.' Beautifully written perceptive and fluent, it is a superb example of historical scholarship and psychological insight.

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ISBN-13:
9780140088786
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
09/06/1994
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.96(d)

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"A magnificent, compelling epic...He has honored him splendidly." —Sunday Telegraph

"Dramatic, rich in details about little things as well as great...filled with persistent probing into human psychology.... Throughout there is an air of excitement and tension." —The New York Times Book Review

"Fox writes on the heroic scale.... [He] has covered the ground with immense thoroughness." —The Economist

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Alexander the Great 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Although Mr. Fox is a historian who has obviously done his work and gives us a book which has the latest word on Alexander's life, his writing isn't as fluid and coherent as we would wish. However, it is the publishers who let us down. The few maps that we are granted look like poor photocopies and therefore are entirely useless and whoever proofread the work should be shot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I enjoyed the feel of the tale as you read it. Even though it is a historic story it is still as action packed as todays stories. You get to learn what the Greeks and Persians thought of eachother and their soures of entertainment and honor. This is a book that you will not want to put down due to it's 'Greatness' and it's lack of bordem. You learn the important characters he meets at this time that also hae their own spots in history suchas Aristotle, Philip, and Darius. I loved this book and maybe you will too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an extraordinary history. Anyone expecting a conventional biography will be disappointed, since the biased and fragmentary nature of the primary sources makes modern biographical treatment for Alexander impossible, even more so than for other ancient heroes. However, one thing about the peripatetic conqueror that seems to be known with some certainty is the itinerary that defined his brief life. Starting from this, Mr. Lane Fox applies his own intimate knowledge of the middle and near-eastern landscape to create a book which, at its most basic, reads like a highly literate travelogue. This is all backdrop, though, for a kind of detective story as the author picks apart the tantalizing fragments of information and disinformation that, once boiled down, reveal for us Alexander's character. The bold military prodigy is clearly apparent here, but that's the standard textbook part of the story. Rounding out the picture, we see him as the cosmopolitan diplomat, beloved egalitarian leader-of-men, bisexual libertine, respectful supplicant to his gods, forgiving victor, gallant defender of women, ostentatious potentate, superstitious fool, charismatic orator, fearless in-the-trenches combat commander, wily tactician, boyish adventurer, child-like animal lover, sophisticated Greek intellectual, reckless gambler, visionary strategist, loyal and generous friend, bloody mass killer, and drunken lout. And the truly remarkable thing about the history is that all these persona somehow hang together, creating a believable portrait that makes it clear why Alexander has fascinated politicians, soldiers and scholars for twenty-three centuries. Stylistically, this book is dense and will deter casual readers. However, some patience through the early pages gives enough time to get into the exotic poetry of place names and the flow of the story. The turgid logic of the character study takes over from there, and the case unfolds majestically. This is a brilliant historian at work and I highly recommend the book.