(I gave this book 5 stars, but the site keeps changing it to 4, or even 2!)
I fell in love with Alexander when reading about him at the age of 12, the age at which he met the life and death love of his life, Hephaestion (Pressfield calls him his best friend). The history of the Great Alexander (and the books of Mary Renault amongst others) entranced me, but now I have met their match. The writing is splendid. One may laugh with delight at many of Alexander's comments ('A cavalryman's horse should be smarter than he is. But the horse must never be allowed to know this.') or weep for pity at the sad cadence of loss.
The battles, including the greatest victories of all time, are described in detail and at length, without ever tiring. The tactics of confused conflicts are made clearer than they ever were to those involved, whose courage and staying-power are unbelievable today. The repetition of lists of names of renowned soldiers and heroes, far from palling, becomes music. Achilles, Hector and Lysander, and such great names as these, are eclipsed.
Alexander inspired his men by his character, his actions, and his words, and all of these are beautifully portrayed in this book. I wish I had been with him for those 11,000 miles of glory. - You see the effect it has?