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Publisher's Summary

Alexander was born into the royal family of Macedonia, the kingdom that would soon rule over Greece. Tutored as a boy by Aristotle, Alexander had an inquisitive mind that would serve him well when he faced formidable obstacles during his military campaigns. Shortly after taking command of the army, he launched an invasion of the Persian Empire, and continued his conquests as far south as the deserts of Egypt and as far east as the mountains of present-day Pakistan and the plains of India.

In his lively and authoritative biography of Alexander, Philip Freeman describes Alexander's astonishing achievements and provides insight into the mercurial character of the great conqueror. Alexander could be petty and magnanimous, cruel and merciful, impulsive and farsighted. Above all, he was ferociously, intensely competitive and could not tolerate losing - which he rarely did.

As Freeman explains, without Alexander, the influence of Greece on the ancient world would surely not have been as great as it was, even if his motivation was not to spread Greek culture for beneficial purposes, but instead to unify his empire.

©2011 Philip Freeman (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"An accessible biography...readers are sure to come away from Alexander's story with an essential grasp of the details and understanding of his character." ( Kirkus)

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Great book!

This book is a great account of Alexander. There is a bit of liberty taken by the author in the rational of some of the Alexander's choices, but it is never outlandish and very much makes sense. There is even some well needed wit thrown into the copy which is refreshing given the dry nature of history books.

The narrator is great and I'm now convinced that Alexander must be discussed in an English accent.

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Great audio book!

If you are at all interested in history, this is an excellent book about the life of Alexander the Great! I would definitely recommend it.

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  • Kay
  • BROKEN ARROW, OK, United States
  • 05-14-17

A vivid engaging storytelling that comes alive!

Highly informative, entertaining, and detailed account of one of the world's greatest warriors. A must have!

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Fascinating!

A fast-paced, highly engaging catalogue of Alexander’s life. I came into it knowing nothing about this era of history, and could easily follow along. It inspired me to read many more biographies and study history more in general. A testament to Philip Freeman being an excellent author and teacher!

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great book, definitely hard to put down

great book, easy listen,very interesting subject matter, written for average person. some history books are super dry filled with tons of academic language and obscure anecdotes. not this one listen and enjoy!!

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Great narration, just a little fast

Solid, engaging writing with a wonderful narrator. My only complaint is the narration was fast, so I listened at 0.75 speed. Highly recommended this book for an Alexander bio plus context.

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5 Star book! Great Narrative!

Great book, super informative and gripping from the beginning, i dont know why modern Hollywood hasn't made Alexander's story into a Blockbuster yet?!

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Good format, a few improvements would be nice

I liked the chronological story telling. I would have enjoyed more detail about the battles/military strategy. Place names and timeframes were hard to follow. Names of timeframes could do with some editing- seemed to start with antiquated calendars and end with modern months.

All in all an interesting story!

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Very Enjoyable and informative.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A great description of Alexander’s life. A good balance of details and historical context.

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  • Katie
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Informative and entertaining

The storyline was excellent and the narrator kept me entertained. it was both informative and fun to read/listen.