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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,722 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Pressfield Narrator: John Le Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Alexander the Great (356–323 B.C.) ascended to the throne of Macedon at the age of twenty. He fought his greatest battles—including the conquest of the mighty Persian Empire—before he was twenty-five and died at the age of thirty-three, still undefeated by any enemy. His reputation as a supreme warrior and leader of men is unsurpassed in the annals of history. 

In the brilliantly imagined first-person voice of Alexander the Great, acclaimed novelist Steven Pressfield brings to life his epic battles, his unerring command of his forces, and the passions and ambitions that drove him. A full-blooded, multidimensional portrait, The Virtues of War captures Alexander’s complex character. Alexander was a fearless commander who moved with such daring and speed that no army could withstand him; a driven leader whose ambitions knew no limits; and a man with boundless compassion for his troops, deep friendships with his generals, and profound respect for his enemies. Yet in the end, his noble qualities were subsumed by his insatiable lust for glory.

No one writes about battles as brilliantly as Pressfield, and in The Virtues of War he vividly describes the seminal conflicts of Alexander’s career, revealing the tactics behind them and capturing the blood, heat, and terror of the battlefield. He follows Alexander’s forces as they faced and defeated armies that far outnumbered them; delivers a thrilling frontline report from Gaugamela, the scene of Alexander’s greatest victory; and, in a memorable vignette, shows the great conqueror finally halted, not by an enemy but by the refusal of his worn-out troops to march any farther.

Epic in scope and magisterial in tone, The Virtues of War is sure to take its place among the classics of historical fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wonderfully imagined…stunningly graphic, intense, and extraordinary.”

    Nelson Demille

  • “The story of Alexander the Great is perhaps the greatest tale of battle and glory in human history, and Steven Pressfield tells it in brilliant, thrilling fashion. I turned the pages so fast I didn’t realize how much I was learning.”

    Vince Flynn

  • “Simply superb…The Virtues of War is a battle book of camp and march, which Pressfield does better than anyone…Its expert pace, its vivid detail, its bone-crushing action, and its occasional piercing insights of sad eloquence make it an absolutely gripping read.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Esteemed historical novelist Pressfield crawls inside the brave heart of Alexander the Great in this chronicle of the king’s bloody and extraordinary accomplishments and boundless ambition.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Charles Pearce | 2/20/2014

    " In is OK, but way too much detail about the battles. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jeffrey Wood | 2/17/2014

    " Once again, I was tricked into reading this after having read Gates of Fire. Evidently Pressfield is destined to be a "one hit wonder." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen | 2/12/2014

    " A great book for anyone who likes historical fiction :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ivan | 2/11/2014

    " Imao sam osecaj kao da sam tamo...toliko dobro :) "

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