If you are a history buff, especially from the Persian and Greek times, then you are probably a reader of books about Alexander the Great. My first book on Alexander was purchased and read after recommendation from a junior high teacher. The book was easy-to-read and gave me the first understandings of why this man was called the Great. Over the years I've read a half-dozen other books and considered myself fairly well versed in the history of the man as well as his conquest. It seems, that there was still some things to learn and I found those in Jacob Abbott's book titled "Alexander the Great."
Let me start with Abbott's writing style since it became an important part of the enjoyment of this book. Among the various authors who have written text for this. I found Abbott style to be one of the more satisfying. Abbott doesn't try to write like a PhD candidate in history, choosing instead to write in a style that is accessible to almost every reader between 15 and 95. Because the writing style is considered appropriate for lower levels of reading some would expect the presentations or battles covered by Abbott to also be tailored for lower-level readers. That is simply not true.
What Abbott is able to do this tell the many stories about Alexander which present the growth of the man as he pursued conquest of the known civilizations around the Mediterranean. One thing I liked is the explanations by Abbott as to the mix of personality style with choices about military command. Having a family full of vets means that there is often talk of current military style and command; however, there is rarely a discussion of the earliest changes in command style dating back to and before the time of Alexander. Abbott presents the material in such a way that is easy for the reader to make comparisons in both style and military needs between the two periods.
If you have not read about Alexander before then this is a very good book to start with. Even for someone like myself, who has a decent understanding of the topic, the book is still enjoyable. I would strongly recommend the book for any homeschool student as well as young readers who enjoy history and nonfiction.