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Xenophon's Cyrus the Great

The Arts of Leadership and War
Narrated by: Rory Barnett
Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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In 1906, a stilted English translation of Xenophon of Athens' story about Cyrus the Great's military campaigns was published. Now, a century later, a much more accessible edition of one of history's most extraordinary and successful leaders is emerging.

Among his many achievements, this great leader of wisdom and virtue founded and extended the Persian Empire; conquered Babylon; freed 40,000 Jews from captivity; wrote mankind's first human rights charter; and ruled over those he had conquered with respect and benevolence.

According to historian Will Durant, Cyrus the Great's military enemies knew that he was lenient, and they did not fight him with that desperate courage which men show when their only choice is "to kill or die". As a result, the Iranians regarded him as "The Father", the Babylonians as "The Liberator", the Greeks as the "Law-Giver", and the Jews as the "Anointed of the Lord".

By freshening the voice, style, and diction of Cyrus, Larry Hedrick has created a more contemporary Cyrus. A new generation of listeners, including business executives and managers, military officers, and government officials, can now learn about and benefit from Cyrus the Great's extraordinary achievements, which exceeded all other leaders throughout antiquity.

©2006 Larry Hedrick (P)2018 Tantor

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Best leadership book that i have read or listened

One of the top if not best leadership book that i have read or listened to.. Outstanding mixture of great history with true human insights. Well worth the listen. I will listen again and take notes the next time.

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Comes across as bragging

A leadership book written as a story, in the first person is tough to pull off. I am a huge fan of ancient history. While the author did an admirable job of telling the story, it comes across as awkward bragging.