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The virtues of war But as much as he was feared by his enemies he was loved and revered by his friends his generals and the men who followed him into battle Often outnumbered never outfought Alexander conuered every enemy the world stood against him–but the one he never saw coming An imagination of dazzling and epic scopeWith Steven Pressfield on the cover it took less than a heartbeat for me to grab this book after Gates of Fire I was than eager to be caught up again in the author s enthralling prose of storytellingEven with the author s Note on the Reader expressly stating this as a work of fiction I soon found myself actually believing that it really was Alexander speaking his own thoughts as he tasted the first of his numerous victories received the adoration of his men and found himself later possessed of an empire that demanded too much for the price of an ambition For that alone I stand in awe yet again of this author s skillEvery chapter is vivid with imagery and every conflict a real human drama The king s moments of anguish were brutal eerily honest and sometimes understandable as he becomes torn between love for his army and the desire to conuer the world beyond India Indeed Alexander was thrown in a surreal mix of otherworldliness for his exceptional military prowess and glaring human frailty for succumbing to the snare of arrogance and pride There were times when Pressfield s narration seemed like it was being apologetic of Alexander s actions towards his men and their growing disuiet but then I suddenly remember that this book ostensibly echoed only Alexander s voice so I suppose it couldn t help but have that biased feelI only wished the book imagined a little bit outside of the battlefield Like his relations with his mother during his youth with his wives or even just with Roxanne and with the other soldiers besides his dear mates who trekked with him across the plains of Asia There were some parts as well that felt hurried while others felt too protracted And in some instances I was on the verge of becoming almost bored whenever the book took the tone of becoming of a manual for warfare what with the winded accounts of the number of infantry cavalry archers etc But I suppose you really cannot get to being an exalted commander without being anal about these thingsAll in all The Virtues of War is still a highly recommended read epic artistic and an honest to goodness page turner

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The Virtues of War A Novel of Alexander the Great

I have always been a soldier I have known no other life So begins Alexander’s extraordinary confession on the eve of his greatest crisis of leadership By turns heroic and calculating compassionate and utterly merciless Alexander recounts with a warrior’s unflinching eye for deta A great book about an even greater warrior I thoroughly enjoyed reading this account of Alexander the Great Instantly it was 327 BC and I was standing alongside him in the most fierce battles fast paced storytelling account of one of the most feared warriors King and most certainly legend Historically correct from what I can remember Wait where s my chariot

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Il the blood the terror and the tactics of his greatest battlefield victories Whether surviving his father’s brutal assassination presiding over a massacre or weeping at the death of a beloved comrade in arms Alexander never denies the hard realities of the code by which he lives Virtues of War is what its title suggests a treatise on the personality characteristics and decision making process of great warriors It is in the guise of narrative fiction an instruction manual for leaders of troops and is incredibly effective at what it does I only wish I had read it before assuming my first command Pressfield is a singular writer and this is on offer in his ability to make Alexander a historical figure so remote as to be deified a sympathetic character who resonates with the reader You may think it impossible to identify with the ruler of the entire western world and the greatest tactician in history but Pressfield enables you to pull it off so that Alexander s longing and loneliness becomes your own It makes the book at the same time mournful and triumphant and it is definitely worth your time


10 thoughts on “The Virtues of War A Novel of Alexander the Great

  1. says:

    Steven Pressfield does it again with this haunting tale of Alexander the Great I believe this book was released the same y

  2. says:

    A great book about an even greater warrior I thoroughly enjoyed reading this account of Alexander the Great Instantly it was 327 BC and I was standing alongside him in the most fierce battles—fast paced storytelling account of one of the mos

  3. says:

    The novel was fairly interesting but far from Pressfield's best I thought he reached his apogee with Gates of Fire or possibly Afghan Campaign This story begins with Alexander's men wishing to turn back from India and go home; they

  4. says:

    Virtues of War is what its title suggests a treatise on the personality characteristics and decision making proc

  5. says:

    I actually liked this one than I thought I would I started reading it coming off the back of having read Mary Renault’s excellent Alexander trilogy not long before which for me is the definitive Alexander fiction and I went into this book feeling dubious as to whether it could compare It couldn’t but it wasn’t all that bad I certainly enjoyed it than I did Steven Pressfield’s Last of the s which was confusing anachronis

  6. says:

    This my second Pressfield novel and is one of those books that inspired a lot of mixed feelings in me I originally rated it four stars but I think I have to ultimately give it three What it does it does excellently but what it lacks is totally nonexistent While it does have a ton of fascinating information on Alexander's military and how he c

  7. says:

    I am the living soul of the army As blood flows from the lion's heart to its limbs so courage flows from me to my countrymen A million mend stand in arms against us I will rout them by my will alone That line absolutely captures the feeling of Alexander in this novel Even though this work was not a good as Gate

  8. says:

    An imagination of dazzling and epic scopeWith “Steven Pressfield” on the cover it took less than a heartbeat for me to grab this book—after Gates of Fire I was than eager to be caught up again in the author’s enthralling prose of storytellingEven with the author’s Note on the Reader expressly stating th

  9. says:

    Written in first person this novel tells the story of Alexander's conuests through his own words This book was a major turn off in the beginning because it was nothing than a statistical summary of all the components of his army during one campaign versus another He would list in detail the types of weapons his men carried how much these w

  10. says:

    Solid 3 stars but not because of any fault of the author Just too technical for my tastes His knowledge of Alexander's campaigns is unbelievable and any student of Alexander I'm sure will rave about this read I appreciated near the end the description of what is needed to vanuish an army utilizing guerrila tactics and that logic would explain the US inability to have success against such an eney in Vietnam

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