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In the Tracks of the Ten Thousand: A Journey on Foot Through Turkey, Syria and Iraq Hardcover – 31 Oct 2005


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (31 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0709078854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0709078852
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,531,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'The march of the Ten Thousand was the most splendid of all the military events that have been recorded in ancient history.' Major Rennell, nineteenth-century explorer"

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Shane Brennan has lived and worked in the former Soviet Union, North America, the Middle East, and the Indian sub-continent. He currently lives in Istanbul, Turkey.

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An excellent, original and well-written account of a personal journey in ancient Persia and Mesopotamia, following in the footsteps of the 10,000 Greeks headed by Xenophon and their adventurous return to the Greek coast as narrated by the ancient Greek soldier, scholar and prolific writer. Well researched and documented, the narrative combines the ancient history with a personal story and very recent pictures of a world that is currently changing before our eyes (with present developments in Syria and the region).
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kinda interesting but not well written 9 Dec. 2009
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This book follows the journey of a pleasant nut-case, Shane Brennan, who for a reason I could not ascertain, decided to walk across vast stretches of desert to follow the army of Greeks going to attack Persia thousands of years ago. The history is fairly interesting. Also it's fairly interesting to find out how the different groups of people he encounters react to this European walking thru their desert. Mostly they're incredibly nice and friendly which is most heartening to hear. They drag him inside their houses for food and tea and to give him a place to sleep. Things fall seriously apart when he gets to Iraq. All of which sounds interesting except the author's writing skills leave much to be desired. For instance when he gets to Iraq he meets a man named Abdullah from Somalia. The author says it was worth the whole journey just to get to know Abdullah. Terrific! I'm waiting expectantly to find out what's so good about Abdullah. Is he smart, funny, wise, eloquent, anything at all? Unfortunately we don't find out a thing about Abdullah. The author even returns to Iraq at great personal risk after the war starts in 2003 just to see how Abdullah and his friends are doing. Why? we don't find out.
I like to learn about history and I like to learn about nut-cases and I like to hear about societies of which I know little (the desert dwellers of Turkey, Syria and Iraq). But this one wasn't really worth the trouble.
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