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Cold War perspective on classical history
on 9 April 2013
I do not intend to write a comprehensive review of this very well known work. This has been done elsewhere, with considerably more skill than I am able to reproduce. But I just wanted to add my own personal conclusions for the benefit of those who might be considering investing in it. It is a very well-written and entertaining account of the Cold War, cleverly disguised as a history of a bloodier conflict between two ancient Greek cities that bear little resemblance to the much later contending powers. In my view, it is one of the prime examples of viewing history through a contemporary lens. This does make the history relevant, it just means it becomes dated rather quickly, and the image it presents is warped and blurred by a lack of genuine historical context.