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 account of the ancient battle between Persia and the alliance of Greek city-states, including the legendary “300 Spartans.”

In 480 BCE, Persian king Xerxes led a massive invasion of Greece. A critical point in this invasion was the battle for the pass at Thermopylae—“Hot Gates” in Greek. Xerxes had amassed one of the largest armies yet known to man, while Leonidas’s troops, a group of united Spartans, Thespians, Thebans, and others, including slaves, were a small fraction of the Persian horde.
Despite the overwhelming odds, Leonidas and his men stood their ground for three days in a historic display of patriotism and courage. In Thermopylae: Battle for the West, acclaimed author Ernle Bradford covers the entire era of the invasion—from the foundation of the Persian empire to the accession of Darius all the way to the final, bloody battles—in a fascinating and accessible look at warfare in ancient times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497617360
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 115,313
File size: 864 KB

About the Author

Ernle Bradford was born in 1922 and died in 1986. He was a noted British historian specializing in the Mediterranean world and naval topics. Bradford was an enthusiastic sailor himself and spent almost thirty years sailing the Mediterranean, where many of his books are set. He served in the Royal Navy during World War II, finishing as the first lieutenant of a destroyer. Bradford lived in Malta for a number of years. He did occasional broadcast work for the BBC, was a magazine editor, and wrote many books, including HannibalPaul the TravellerJulius Caesar: The Pursuit of PowerChristopher Columbus, and The Mighty Hood.

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Thermopylae: The Battle for the West 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 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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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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