Using as his principle source material the Anabasis of Alexander by Arrian, Lamb has cobbled together not only a straightforward retelling of the exciting adventures of the Macedonian, but he has also deftly reconstructed those hidden events of which history is silent. The result is a remarkable portrait of a young man thrust into the leadership of a semi-barbarous Greek people. This is the story of that whirlwind of physical and mental energy which was to explode across the surface of the known world. In the end, it was the civilization of the East which captured Alexander. His untimely death a mere dozen years after his accession to power robbed mankind of one of the most compelling visionaries who ever lived.
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I listened to both Alexander of Macedon by H.Lamb and Alexander by Arrian. Each provides insight and detail that complement the other, however I enjoyed the account by Arrian much more. Regardless, I highly recommend both and I guarantee that listening to both books will only increase your fascination with Alexander the Great. Each work is narrated to perfection by Charlton Griffin.
Alexander of Macedon by Harold Lamb, is a brillant essay on the life and times of a colossus figure from history Alexander the Great.
From beginning to the end is a terrific listen and it holds you by the throat at times as you find yourself sitting at council with Alexander and his men, next you are in the heat of battle, and than you hear the faint talk of men in the camp as your eyes slowly close by the crackling fire.
Please download this book it is a great collection for your audio library. I have it in mine :)
Harold Lamb writes history like a novel. It is never boring. You learn not just events and dates but why and how. I now have insight to Alexander's motivations and circumstances.
I have read several accounts of "Alexander the Great" this is one interpretation, that has much research, as all Harold Lamb's books, this one is wonderfully narrated by Charlton Griffin. I do suggest that you should read "Alexander the Great" by Arrian, also narrated by Charlton Griffin. This book does make reference, to Arrian's account several times. I also recommend, "The Virtues of War" by Steven Presfield narrated by John Lee. These three books are a must for anyone who has a fascination, with the legend of Alexander. Your points will not be wasted on any of these.
This is the second book I have read that was written by Harold Lamb and, as was Hannibal, this book was equally engaging and provided you with a good understanding of who Alexander was. The reality is that there is not a lot of information about these ancient historical figures; and Mr. Lamb's ability to cobble together a strong narrative is worthy of note.
This has become by far my favorite book ever. It tells the fascinating story of the life of Alexander the Great in a way never done before. It is a historically accurate book that has a narrative tone that makes it read like a story rather than a history. I recommend this book for anyone who has even a fleeting interest in the man and I believe that it will turn that fleeting interest into a downright passion.
A lushly produced audiobook with music, sound effects and many different voices and cadences ... all of which help paint a vivid picture of this fascinating man and his story. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in ancient history who wants to enrich their understanding of Alexander of Macedon and his times.
Lamb recreates Alexander as a bookish, withdrawn young man. He doesn't meet Hephastion until serving in the army where "the companions" exist as Philip's bodyguard vs. as Alexander's children of nobles school mates at Aristotle's school. The book just makes no sense particularly Alexander as bookworm nerd. A characterization that just doesn't fit the real world history of Alexander particularly the known military history with Philip and as regent.
Once Lamb goes down this idiosyncratic path with a character not like the athletic warrior prince who conquered the world the rest of the book becomes equally implausible.
This is a very detailed account of Alexanders campaigns, but dwells too much on the details of the wars. Alexander's hand is felt behind everything, but the book doesn't really get close to Alexander himself. If you are interested in the personality and story of Alexander himself, then you will probably be disappointed. I was.
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