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Persian Fire: The First World Empire, Battle for t&hellip by Tom Holland
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1.0 out of 5 stars Biased and paradoxical, 26 Dec 2012
Tom Holland, a so called historian with no qualifications in History attempts to write a comprehensive study on Persian history. In fact the book speaks more about Greek history, so don't be fooled by the name. He tries to draw parallels between the conflict between Persian and Greece (East and West) and today's conflict's (i.e. USA with Afghanistan etc.). Both are in an entirely different context. He uses the term "barbarians" constantly in reference to the Persians, whilst trying to distinguish the Greeks as being heroes or a civilized/utopian people, when history shows the ancient Greeks as having a very barbaric, corrupt, totalitarian governance, example is the Spartans. Clearly there… Read more

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