Thermopylae: The Battle For The West

Thermopylae: The Battle For The West

by Ernle Bradford


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Thermopylae: The Battle For The West by Ernle Bradford

An impressively accessible narrative depicting the three-day battle for the pass at Thermopylae (the Hot Gates)—a critical contest in Xerxes's massive invasion of Greece. The bloody stand made there by Leonidas and his small Spartan army in 480 B.C. has been hailed ever since as an outstanding example of patriotism, courage, and sacrifice.

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ISBN-13: 9780306813603
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 03/29/2004
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 496,544
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Ernie Bradford served in the Royal Navy during World War II. His many books include The Great Siege, Ulysses Found, The Shield and the Sword, Paul the Traveler, and The Sultan's Admiral.

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Thermopylae: The Battle for the West 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
newmexicobob More than 1 year ago
For a factual account of an historic event written by an economist the resulting book couldn't have been any better! I randomly selected this book to read about the Battle of Thermopylae and I'm not sure that I could have made a better choice if I'd spent time researching. The story telling is very well done and flows nicely througout the book. There were many a night that I stayed up later than I had planned turning pages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like many who were enthralled with Frank Miller's '300' [although I experienced it years ago in single-issue comics form and not just from the graphic novel compilation or recent movie adaptation], I came to a great appreciation of and admiration for Leonidas and the 300's sacrifice at Thermopylae. Being a devoted student of history, however, I wanted to know more about the Persian Empire and its eventual thwarting in Greece. Steven Pressfield's 'Gates of Fire,' while adequate, was far from the most satisfying read, and so I wanted to turn to a more nonfictional avenue. The late Ernle Bradford did not disappoint in the slightest, offering a splendid and even-handed perspective on both Spartan and Persian military characteristics, weaponry, philosophy, political beliefs, and so on. However, where Bradford wonderfully did not stop is even more remarkable, going on to explain the naval battle of Salamis and the final land battle at Plataea, placing them in the context of the same aforementioned topics for Athenians and all other Greeks. Despite writing an historical text, Bradford's prose is never dry, keeping the reader's interest while filling in many details one would not have thought important and also explaining away or dispelling many of the historical inaccuracies or errors propagated by '300' or 'Gates of Fire.' For the serious student of Grecian military history, in fact of any military history, this will make a fine addition to one's library.
Mac2212 More than 1 year ago
If you would like to gain a more in depth understanding of Thermopylae including the Spartan and Persian mindsets this is a great book. Don't expect the movie "300" as this is historically accurate and includes details that a true ancient history buff will appreciate
Sal46 More than 1 year ago
This is the definitive book on the topic. It presents all sides.
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drneutron on LibraryThing 5 days ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this history of a defining moment in Western civilization. I highly recommend it!
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TonyMO More than 1 year ago
This book not only covers Thermopylae, but other battles in the Persian invasion. Other historical tidbits of knowledge, like the inventor of paper was Byblae (I think that is how it is spelled); from that term, bible means "book"--it was a Phoenician city that was taken over by the Persians. Cool book!
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