In Alexander, Theodore Ayrault Dodge lays out a detailed account of Alexander's spectacular life and supplies a vivid reconstruction of all of the major battles Alexander fought in his short but successful march of conquest. Dodge amply illustrates through this detailed history of the nature of warfare in the ancient world why both his contemporaries and later historians and soldiers held up Alexander as being one of the greatest commanders of all time.
Theodore Ayrault Dodge was the paramount American military historian of the nineteenth century and an unparalleled biographer of some of history's greatest commanders and generals. Dodge fought in the Union Army in some of the Civil War's fiercest and costliest engagements, until he lost his right leg at Gettysburg. These experiences provided him with insights on the realities of warfare that are sometimes lacking in the work of purely academic or "armchair" military historians.