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The Virtues of War

Written by Steven Pressfield
Read by John Lee

Work ID: 133746

ISBN: 9781415918494

Format: Unabridged Audiobook Download

List Price: $20.00

On Sale Date: Jul 8, 2004


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I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. So begins Alexander’s extraordinary confession on the eve of his greatest crisis of leadership. By turns heroic and calculating, compassionate and utterly merciless, Alexander recounts with a warrior’s unflinching eye for detail the blood, the terror, and the tactics of his greatest battlefield victories. Whether surviving his father’s brutal assassination, presiding over a massacre, or weeping at the death of a beloved comrade-in-arms, Alexander never denies the hard realities of the code by which he lives: the virtues of war. But as much as he was feared by his enemies, he was loved and revered by his friends, his generals, and the men who followed him into battle. Often outnumbered, never outfought, Alexander conquered every enemy the world stood against him–but the one he never saw coming. . . .


From the Trade Paperback edition.

–Praise for Tides of War:
“Pressfield serves up not just hair-raising scenes…but many moments of valor and cowardice, lust and bawdy humor.…Even more impressively, he delivers a nuanced portrait of ancient Athens.”—Esquire

“Unabashedly brilliant, epic, intelligent, and moving.”—Kirkus Reviews

and for Gates of Fire:
“Vivid and exciting, Pressfield gives the reader a perspective no ancient historian offers, a soldier’s–eye view…remarkable.” -—The New York Times Book Review

Gates of Fire lives up to its billing as an epic novel.…His Greeks and Persians come across as the real thing.”—San Francisco Chronicle



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