I don't think you can compare it with anything. The history can be compared to the events that took place at the Alamo but this is an epic story. The story line was well written and enjoyed how it flowed.
Pressfield at the top of of his game. He adds just the right amount of artist license to this incredible historical event to make a story that is impossible to put down. George Guidall, as always, brings depth and life to this already magnificent book.
Many memorable one liners and scenarios... Many which are seem insane, but are in fact historically verifiable.
It was and I did, although the movie "300" had quite a bit more artistic license. One of my favorite movies however.
Perhaps a tad long at time, the book does a great job at fleshing out just why Sparta was the military power house it has a history of being, and does service to the brave 300 who went to certain death and saved an empire in the process.
I will absolutely listen to this book again. The story is rich, and colorful with many details about dozens and dozens of characters to fill out the world of the Greeks and Persians.
Despite knowing how the story ends prior to starting, I was surprised at how moved I was during several parts of the book. Emotionally moved in a way that I don't recall ever happening with another book.
Being a book about ancient Greece, written in an "old style" where each Province and every character is named often, it might get tedious to read and pronounce the Greek, even if just in one's own head. Guidall's pronunciations are faithful and consistent, and really helped to make the text (which is quite long) very accessible.
Yes. It is told from a historian/narrator point of view, as a story; and it feels that way. I felt like an officer sitting in the Persian tent listening to Xeones tell the story. I wanted to hear it all, told straight through. But at over 14 hours... it wasn't possible.
Simply one of the best books I have ever read.
This book outlines the life of Xeones, a squire to a Spartan platoon leader who fights in the iconic Battle of the Hot Gates. It details his youth and the loss of his home and family, his travel to Sparta to become a warrior, and his life as a Spartan helot, the lowest class of Spartan society other than cowards. It details his story in such a way that you can completely understand why he has so much love and devotion for this culture that treats him like a slave, puts him through brutal physical tests, but also respects the higher virtues of honor and sacrifice.
This book is the authors well researched and thought out look into Spartan society from the eyes of an outsider. It details the physical training, the battle tactics, and the honor culture that allowed Sparta to be the most fearsome military force in all of Greece for centuries.
The story itself is gripping, you won't be able to stop listening, always wanting to hear one more chapter. The story it tells is a personal one, but while doing so illustrates the bonds that one can have to the people around them in the face of annihilation.
Facilitating the creation and protection of legacy wealth
We have all heard the story, in one form or another, but not in this detail and not with this much passion.
Told by a modern day soldier, from the perspective of a soldier who was there, GATES OF FIRE brings the historical and philosophical imagery of Sparta as Nd her SPARTANS to life more vibrantly than any movie possibly could.