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 B.C., 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 which 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 in the epochal naval battle 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. As he did in the critically praised "Rubicon," 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, who combines scholarly rigor with novelistic depth with a worldly irony in quite the fashion that Tom Holland does.

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Interesting topic, but the prose was sometimes a slog. - Goodreads
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Loved this book and the insight in this topic. - Goodreads
Holland's writing style is both rich and engaging. - Goodreads
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It does move at a good pace. - Goodreads

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Tom Holland is unsurpassed among historians. His style is vivid and inviting. His book is not a balcony seat from which to watch history unfold but a place right in the turmoil. His narrating ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Despite the title, the majority of the book is about the Greeks (which the author suggests is largely due to the amount of information available). Luckily, my knowledge of ancient Greece was clearly ... Consulter l'avis complet

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THE KHORASAN HIGHWAY
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BABYLON
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SPARTA
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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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