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Paul Cartledge, one of the world’s foremost scholars of ancient Greece, illuminates the brief but iconic life of Alexander (356-323 BC), king of Macedon, conqueror of the Persian Empire, and founder of a new world order.
Alexander’s legacy has had a major impact on military tacticians, scholars, statesmen, adventurers, authors, and filmmakers. Cartledge brilliantly evokes Alexander's remarkable political and military accomplishments, cutting through the myths to show why he was such a great leader. He explores our endless fascination with Alexander and gives us insight into his charismatic leadership, his capacity for brutality, and his sophisticated grasp of international politics. Alexander the Great is an engaging portrait of a fascinating man, and a welcome balance to the myths, legends, and often skewed history that have obscured the real Alexander.
“May be the most accessible introduction in print.... An amazingly solid, balanced, and evocative view of the man.” —The Washington Post Book World
“Readable and engrossing.... Immediate, discursive, insightful, and highly engaging.” —Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“Incisive and judicious.... What Cartledge does so well is explain the ancient world of Greeks and Persians.” —The Sunday Seattle Times/Post-Intelligencer
“Paul Cartledge’s Alexander the Great, the fruit of twenty-five years of Cambridge lectures on Alexander and the problems surrounding him, fills this need [for a reasoned scrutinty of the evidence] as well as anyone could hope. . . . He has an easy, vivid style, a cool mastery of the facts and theories, and a commonsensical imperviousness to flimflam of any sort. He is also prone to startling modern comparisons that must have gone down wonderfully with an undergraduate audience.” —Peter Green, The New Republic