Thank goodness for Pressfield. "The Virtues Of War" is a wonderful approach to the life of Alexander for those of us who neither wish to trudge through Plutarch nor be satisfied with the trivial and often silly films made about his life and conquests. Pressfield wisely presents this material as a diary of the Macedonian expeditionary campaign - fitting treatment for a man who spent his entire adult life at war. Battle arrays, force dispositions, squabbling generals and the demands of greatness are the nuts and bolts both of Alexander's life and Pressfield's book. The few dramatic liberties taken, all noted at the beginning, do not detract at all from the narrative, and John Lee's reading is a marvel of both energy and pronunciation.
I highly recommend "The Virtues Of War" to anyone seeking a deeper understand of the ancient world and the enigmatic character of Alexander the Great.
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