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Author: Bill Yenne Narrator: Richard Powers Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Series:The World Generals Series Release Date: April 2010 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481569477

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Alexander the Great is considered one of the most successful commanders of all time and was known to be undefeated in battle. He is mentioned in the Bible as well as the Qur’an and is on the shortest of short lists whenever the world’s best military leaders are catalogued. When asked to name other great military leaders, Caesar reportedly said Alexander was the only great one.

Born in 356 B.C., the son of Philip II of Macedonia, Alexander the Great was educated by Aristotle, became a consummate horseman, and commanded a wing of his father’s army in the victory over the Thebans and Athenians at the Battle of Chaeronea — all when he was still a teenager. By the time of his death at age thirty-two, he had united Greece and had amassed an empire that stretched from the Adriatic Sea to the Indus River and included all of Persia and most of Egypt. He ruled as both the shah of Persia and as a pharaoh of Egypt by right of conquest, and he was also crowned king of Asia. The scope of his military prowess remains awe inspiring to this day. Yenne’s masterful biography shows Alexander’s influence on the course of cultural and political history and discusses his leadership, strategy, and legacy.

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  • “Hugely experienced military historian Bill Yenne has added yet another glittering feather to his cap with this impeccably source-based account of the military Midas of the ancient world. One can only agree with General Wesley K. Clark that Alexander’s legacy is enduringly informative.”

    - Paul Cartledge, author of The Spartans and Alexander the Great
  • “An excellent survey of Alexander’s exploits and a vivid reminder that the geopolitical landscape hasn’t changed that much over the millennia.”

    - John Negroponte, Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in International Affairs at Yale University
  • “Listeners hear why history has never forgotten this man or his influence. Narrator Paul Garcia never hesitates in crossing the vast sea of Greek, Arabic, and Latin words—never mind if we don’t literally understand them. His skillful contribution, however, inflects them such that we can follow their context.”

    - AudioFile
  • “In Alexander the Great, as in all his many books, Bill Yenne displays his talent for succinctly painting the big picture with a series of fascinating details that make ancient history come alive. Only an author of his experience and capability could render the amazing story of Alexander the Great with such accuracy and feeling. Yenne grabs the reader on page one and doesn’t let go until the book is ended with an intriguing chapter on what might have been if Alexander’s life had not been cut short. This book will make us yearn for the return of a leader like Alexander to resolve our current wars in the Middle East.”

    - Walter Boyne, Colonel USAF (Ret.) and Former Director of the National Air & Space Museum

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    " Listened to book on CD in the car. The narrator was good, especially considering there were foreign names and geographical descriptions. The book is perfect for military history buff, but got a little too much for me at times. Nevertheless, I learned a lot about Alexander. "

    - Stella, 2/16/2012

About the Author

Bill Yenne is the author of more than two dozen books on military, aviation, and historical topics. He is a member of the American Aviation Historical Society and the American Society of Journalists & Authors and a regular contributor to International Air Power Review. He also worked with the legendary US Air Force commander, General Curtis E. LeMay. He lives in San Francisco, California.

About the Narrator

Richard Powers has published thirteen novels. He is a MacArthur Fellow and received the National Book Award. His book, The Overstory, won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.