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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

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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

Steven Pressfield ☆ 1 REVIEW

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 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 situations Also a lot of detail on battlefield strategy which interested me not in the least What I was looking for was a story about Alexander and how he came to power not a checklist of his supplies But in the end I realized that my expectations were probably set too high When you consider that Alexander spent his entire adult life making war it s probably a pretty accurate depiction of who he really was What else could be said about a guy who was always thinking ahead to his next battle So perhaps the novel s weaknesses shouldn t be blamed on Pressfield but instead on Alexander who maybe just wasn t as interesting as I would ve thought I would like to add however that there were parts to the story that I liked very much especially toward the end when Alexander begins to express a faint sense of regret If this had been a bigger part of the plot I would have given it a much better recommendation


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

  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 storytelling account of one of the most feared warriors King and most certainly legend Historically correct from what I can re

  3. says:

    The novel was fairly interesting but far from Pressfield's best I thought he reached his apogee with Gates of Fire

  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 effective at what it does I only wish I had read it before assuming my first command Pressfield is a singular writer and this is on offer in his ability to make Alexander a historical f

  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 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

  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 stars but I think I have to ultimately give it three What it does it does excellently but what it lacks is totally

  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 s

  8. says:

    An imagination of dazzling and epic scopeWith “Steven Pressfield” on the cover it took less than a heartbeat for me t

  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 hi

  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