After buying this I did not read it for some time being put off by the length and the pompous narrative style I had found in a 5 minute preview. Once I tried it I stuck with it (this does not always happen) and learned a lot in this very wide subject.
The book is well structured with good introductions and it is therefore easy to keep up with the overall narrative (not always true with audiobooks if you are driving)
Porter's books were always good and this is no exception. Themes are examined across a number of aspects of eighteenth century English History and Porter manages to mix entertainment and education. This was a set text when I was covering this period at University last year
Agnes Savill's account of Alexander's life is dismissive of the many criticisms of Alexander although she usually does not even spell out those criticisms. For example when Alexander kills his foster brother Cleitas for his criticism.
She also defers to various contemporary (but unknown) military figures to validate the military achivements without giving a clear idea of what the achievement.
During the explanations of various battles I found myself drifting off and not getting any idea of what Alexander was doing that was so different.
Well enough read and no story of Alexander's life can be all dull.
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