The Virtues of War A Novel of Alexander the Great {epub} ↠ Steven Pressfield

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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 deta. Steven Pressfield does it again with this haunting tale of Alexander the Great I believe this book was released the same year as the Alexander movie starring Collin Farrell and fans of the movie would probably enjoy this book as well Both painted a vivid picture of Alexander s life through a brilliant narrative Some of the battle seuences were written as if Pressfield was sitting astride his own mount on the periphery of the battlefield Spectacular technical description was combined flawlessly with gruesome action The sarissa s song is a sad songHe pipes it soft and lowI would ply a gentler trade says heBut war is all I knowIn case you are curious as to what a sarissa is the link below shows one in all its glory and illustrates why Alexander s army was so terrible to face on the field The Macedonian and his sarissa are on the left this one up if you enjoy fiction involving history war military life biography philosophy bah just read itFive stars all the wayGet your copy here The Teams Milking Cow other life So begins Alexander’s extraordinary confession A Wolfs Desire Reluctant Mates on the eve Via Suez (British): Blue Funnel Line (Merchant Navy Series Book 3) of his greatest crisis Zenith of leadership By turns heroic and calculating compassionate and utterly merciless Alexander recounts with a warrior’s unflinching eye for deta. Steven Pressfield does it again with this haunting tale A Pale Light in the Black of Alexander the Great I believe this book was released the same year as the Alexander movie starring Collin Farrell and fans Devil Versus Alpha The Millennium Wolves of Alexander s life through a brilliant narrative Some Spieserye of the battle seuences were written as if Pressfield was sitting astride his Feral own mount Krismis van Map Jacobs on the periphery Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods of the battlefield Spectacular technical description was combined flawlessly with gruesome action The sarissa s song is a sad songHe pipes it soft and lowI would ply a gentler trade says heBut war is all I knowIn case you are curious as to what a sarissa is the link below shows Crust From Sourdough Spelt and Rye Bread to Ciabatta Bagels and Brioche one in all its glory and illustrates why Alexander s army was so terrible to face Til Death Do Us Part (Vows, on the field The Macedonian and his sarissa are Mensa Riddles Conundrums on the left this Julie of the Wolves one up if you enjoy fiction involving history war military life biography philosophy bah just read itFive stars all the wayGet your copy here

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The Virtues of War A Novel of Alexander the Great

Il 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. I actually liked this one than I thought I would I started reading it coming off the back of having read Mary Renault s excellent Alexander trilogy not long before which for me is the definitive Alexander fiction and I went into this book feeling dubious as to whether it could compare It couldn t but it wasn t all that bad I certainly enjoyed it than I did Steven Pressfield s Last of the s which was confusing anachronistic and had huge plotholes The voice of Alexander is the crucial factor in any novel tackling this historic person presenting the author with the challenge of trying to capture his uixotic charisma unusual intelligence and powerful emotions To my surprise Pressfield actually does a reasonable job here sort of Let me explain Other reviewers have praised the strength of descriptions of war in this book and they re dead on The entire book reads like a series of anecdotes about battle war and the lessons Alexander has learned about being a commander And it s written well The battle scenes are clearly described if at times occasionally heavy on technical detail and the anecdotes and snippets of wisdom are easily readable and page turning Alexander s words of wisdom feel true to the historical figure s intelligence and battle experience so his voice did feel plausible hereHowever that s all we get The novel is very narrowly focused on just this one aspect on the seuence of just one particular sort of event I felt like Alexander the general was here but Alexander the ruler the dreamer the man was oddly absent His charisma personal dynamism and human challenges felt like they were missing I went through it at a good pace enjoying the story thinking it was uite well written but also missing those aspects that had been omitted For me the book didn t capture the essence of Alexander it just captured one strand in the essence of Alexander Good but it s not going to supplant Mary Renault s trilogy any time soon6 out of 10

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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 conuered every enemy the world stood against him–but the one he never saw coming. An imagination of dazzling and epic scopeWith Steven Pressfield on the cover it took less than a heartbeat for me to grab this book after Gates of Fire I was than eager to be caught up again in the author s enthralling prose of storytellingEven with the author s Note on the Reader expressly stating this as a work of fiction I soon found myself actually believing that it really was Alexander speaking his own thoughts as he tasted the first of his numerous victories received the adoration of his men and found himself later possessed of an empire that demanded too much for the price of an ambition For that alone I stand in awe yet again of this author s skillEvery chapter is vivid with imagery and every conflict a real human drama The king s moments of anguish were brutal eerily honest and sometimes understandable as he becomes torn between love for his army and the desire to conuer the world beyond India Indeed Alexander was thrown in a surreal mix of otherworldliness for his exceptional military prowess and glaring human frailty for succumbing to the snare of arrogance and pride There were times when Pressfield s narration seemed like it was being apologetic of Alexander s actions towards his men and their growing disuiet but then I suddenly remember that this book ostensibly echoed only Alexander s voice so I suppose it couldn t help but have that biased feelI only wished the book imagined a little bit outside of the battlefield Like his relations with his mother during his youth with his wives or even just with Roxanne and with the other soldiers besides his dear mates who trekked with him across the plains of Asia There were some parts as well that felt hurried while others felt too protracted And in some instances I was on the verge of becoming almost bored whenever the book took the tone of becoming of a manual for warfare what with the winded accounts of the number of infantry cavalry archers etc But I suppose you really cannot get to being an exalted commander without being anal about these thingsAll in all The Virtues of War is still a highly recommended read epic artistic and an honest to goodness page turner


10 thoughts on “The Virtues of War A Novel of Alexander the Great

  1. says:

    Steven Pressfield does it again with this haunting tale of Alexander the Great I believe this book was released the same year as the Alexander movie starring Collin Farrell and fans of the movie would probably enjoy this book as we

  2. says:

    A great book about an even greater warrior I thoroughly enjoyed reading this account of Alexander the Great Instantly it was 327 BC and I was standing alongside him in the most fierce battles—fast paced storytel

  3. says:

    The novel was fairly interesting but far from Pressfield's best I thought he reached his apogee with Gates of Fire or possibly Afghan Campaign This story begins with Alexander's men wishing to turn back from India and go home; they feel they've fought and died far enough from home for long enough Alexander's in his tent with Itanes his young brother in law and wants someone to talk to who can listen without judgment and keep his m

  4. says:

    Virtues of War is what its title suggests a treatise on the personality characteristics and decision making process of great warriors It is in the guise of narrative fiction an instruction manual for leaders of troops and is incredibly effec

  5. says:

    I actually liked this one than I thought I would I started reading it coming off the back of having read Mary Renault’s ex

  6. says:

    This my second Pressfield novel and is one of those books that inspired a lot of mixed feelings in me I originally rated it four star

  7. says:

    I am the living soul of the army As blood flows from the lion's heart to its limbs so courage flows from me to my countrymen A million mend stand in arms against us I will rout them by my will alone That line absolutely captures the feeling of Alexander in this novel Even though this work was not a good as Gates of Fire it is still and outstanding work Reading it alongside another authors rendition of Alexander this work breath

  8. says:

    An imagination of dazzling and epic scopeWith “Steven Pressfield” on the cover it took less than a heartbeat for me to grab this book—afte

  9. says:

    Written in first person this novel tells the story of Alexander's conuests through his own words This book was a major turn off in the beginning because it was nothing than a statistical summary of all the components of his army during one campaign versus another He would list in detail the types of weapons his men carried how much these weapons weighed how they were utilized and why they were so effective in certain s

  10. says:

    Solid 3 stars but not because of any fault of the author Just too technical for my tastes His knowledge of Alexander's campaigns is unbelievable and any student of Alexander I'm sure will rave about this read I appreciated near the end the description of what is needed to vanuish an army utilizing guerrila tactics and that logic would explain the US inability to have success against such an eney in Vietnam

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