Persian fire: the first world empire and the battle for the West

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Doubleday, 2005 - 418 pages
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In 480 BC, Xerxes, the king of Persia, led an invasion of mainland Greece. Its success should have been a formality. For seventy years, victory—rapid, spectacular victory—had seemed the birthright of the Persian Empire. In the space of a single generation, they had swept across the Near East, shattering ancient kingdoms, storming famous cities, putting together an empire that stretched from India to the shores of the Aegean. As a result of those conquests, Xerxes ruled as the most powerful man on the planet. Yet somehow, astonishingly, against the largest expeditionary force ever assembled, the Greeks of the mainland managed to hold out. The Persians were turned back. Greece remained free. Had the Greeks been defeated at Salamis, not only would the West have lost its first struggle for independence and survival, but it is unlikely that there would ever have been such an entity as the West at all.

Tom Holland's brilliant new book describes the very first "clash of empires" between East and West. Once again, he has found extraordinary parallels between the ancient world and our own. There is no other popular history that takes in the entire sweep of the Persian Wars, and no other classical historian—academic or popular—combines scholarly rigor, a novelistic depth, and a worldly irony in quite the fashion that Tom Holland does.

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Easy to read history, vivid and entertaining. - Goodreads
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Holland's writing style is both rich and engaging. - Goodreads
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Exciting book about a subject most of us know about, but know with just a glimpse of facts-the Persian Conquest of Greece. This was the first in-depth book I have read on the big three rulers of ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Excellent telling one of the key times in Western history by a master storyteller. Consulter l'avis complet

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TOM HOLLAND gained the top degree at Cambridge before earning his Ph.D. at Oxford. He is the author of Rubicon, a critically acclaimed history of the fall of the Roman Republic, and the novels The Bone Hunter, Slave of My Thirst, and Lord of the Dead.

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