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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; paperback / softback edition (28 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553817973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553817973
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 2.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Pressfield is a bestselling historical novelist whose books include the classic Gates of Fire, Alexander: The Virtues of War The Afghan Campaign and Killing Rommel. He lives in Los Angeles.

His official website is www.stevenpressfield.com

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"Pressfield's talent is awesome...The Afghan Campaign is an extraordinary work, an instant classic" (DAVID GEMMELL)

"An impressive scholar and gifted storyteller...the finest military writer alive" (STEPHEN COONTS)

"No one writes better historical fiction than Steven Pressfield" (VINCE FLYNN)

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The bloody, brutal, brilliant new novel of men at war from the master of the genre.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alyson BAILES on 10 Jan 2009
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This book is the second time Pressfield has touched on the career of Alexader the Great. The previous book, 'Alexander: The Virtues of War' was designed partly to defend Alexander against some of the more sensational imaginings of other writers, eg about his Oedipal tendencies. 'The Afghan Campaign' provides in the end a more satisfying vision because the consequences of Alexander's bent for attempting the impossible are seen from below, through the eyes of a rank-and-file Macedonian soldier; and the focus is on a campaign that essentially could not be won - any more than anyone else has been able to 'win' in Afghanistan since. Pressfield''s trademark descriptions of the harshness of warfare are here as usual, and there is a more detailed and touching story of heterosexual relations than usual at the novel's centre. However, for many the main fascination will be the many, accurate, and surely deliberate parallels with the issues faced (and errors made) by the Western coalition fighting in Afghanistan today.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Feb 2009
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This is a good historical account of the most brutal campaign in Alexanders war to subdue and bring into the fold all the lands that were once apart of the Persian empire. The war in Afghanistan brought a new type of warfare to Alexander The Greats conquering armies, a guerilla war that was to that date unmatched in the brutality which was shown to both civilians and enemy combatants. The warriors of Alexander had to not only face male warriors in battle but also female and in some cases children who would gain the trust of the Macedonian warriors only to have them poison their food or slit their throats in the night, this as one can imagine brings a no mercy policy to any Afghan who shows any sign of insurrection.

This story tells of the adventures of two Macedonian youths who seek fame and glory in Alexanders army, Matthias and his friend Lucas. They leave there farms to join with the new recruits heading off to the Afghan front, right from the very beginning they are surprised at how different things are to how they thought they might be. They arrive at the base camp with nothing other than the clothes they are wearing only to find that they have to buy or scavenge their armour and weapons from the dead after a battle. They soon discover that the glory of war is just a myth, the only thing that matters are your friends and survival, they also discovered that this new type of war will be like one that has never been fought before, the brutality they witness and commit leaves them wishing they were back home on there farms. The only thing that keeps them sane is their friendship with each other and their fellow warriors around them, they know that they can only count on each other.

This is a good book from Pressfield, but if you're looking for another Gates Of Fire you may be disappointed, that being said this is a good book that is well worth reading. Anyone who likes tales of Alexander will like this!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Smatch VINE VOICE on 29 Aug 2007
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Steven Pressfields books are very complex, this being no exception. As always in the first person from the account of a simple soldier in the time of Alexander the Greats campaign into Afganistan.
Lots of imformation on the campaign is given in this very gripping novel with great characters and a engrossing storyline. I was surprised that I enjoyed this book so much because I normally like lots of action and battles, this was actually a refreshing change from that. This book deserves to be read again and again.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By S. Warren on 5 Feb 2007
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I have read all of Pressfield's work and apart from Gates of Fire, and Last of the Amazons, I have to say, they have not lived up to the early promise of Gates of Fire. Alexander was a bit of a let down and Tides didn't live up to its billing.

The Afghan Campaign for me, reminded me what a really great author Mr. Pressfield is. I was hooked from the start right to the end and I think anyone should read this book and will feel better for having done so.

I hope his next works live up to this excellent book!

A must buy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Aug 2007
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Steven Pressfield was born in 1943. He is an American novelist and author of screenplays, principally of military historical fiction set in classical antiquity. His historical fiction is well-researched, but for the sake of dramatic flow, Pressfield may alter some details, like the sequence of events, or make use of jarring contemporary terms and place names, his stated aim being an attempt to capture the spirit of the times.

I must admit I don't find Steven Pressfield's books easy to read. That is not to say that they are not worth reading, in fact the opposite applies. The problem for me lies in the fact that they are so full of detail and have such an extensive character list, that I am forever checking back for something that I may have missed, or for a name that I can put to a character. But there can be no doubting the quality of the author's writing and this is a small price to pay,.

Steven Pressfield, the best selling novelist of ancient warfare, returns with a riveting historical novel that re-creates the invasion of the Afghan kingdoms in 330 BC by Alexander the Great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Anastasi on 6 Dec 2007
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Alexander's campaign in the Upper Satrapies is a much forgotten part of his wars of conquest and I'm glad this book drew attention to it. Unlike many other historical authors, Pressfield is really good at highlighting the sides of a soldier's life that are much forgotten, particularly the issue of camp wives.

However, I disagree a lot with many of the historical and cultural assumptions he makes. For example, the premise of the story is that Matthias is part of relief unit. This is untrue as Alexander seems to have fallen out with Antipater (general in charge of Greece) around 330 BC and receives no new recruits afterwards. Also, the excessive filling in the blanks of the soldier's lifestyle with that of a modern one he researched while writing. I think this undermines what I think a good historical fiction novel should do and that is convince you of the mindset of past societies. Instead, it looks like he's forcing parallels between ancient and modern Afghanistan.
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