Alexander the Great at War: His Army - His Battles - His Enemies Hardcover – 7 May 2008
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"This book is recommended to the historian and the modeler...Those who do get into the book, will find that it provides all you would ever want to know about one of the key figures of history. It is a book that is well written and historically accurate. A book that I am sure you will enjoy." --Drew Nix, modelingmadness.com (July 2008)"The richly illustrative and authoritative Alexander the Great at War examines Alexander's campaigns in detail. His victories and the tactics that ensured them are explained and described with the help of maps, illustrations and reconstructions to bring the epic career of one of the world's greatest generals to life." --SirReadaLot.org (June 2008)"In a little over a decade, Alexander the Great led a combined Greek and Macedonian army and set out to conquer the known world. This latest entry by Osprey Publishing traces the leader's rise to power, his battlefield exploits, and the forces that opposed him. As with all of Osprey's books, this one is full of detailed drawings, photographs and maps to complement the text." --Military Heritage Magazine (October 2008)
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With the helpful backdrop of the political and military atmosphere in Greece, Macedon and Persia in the first four chapters, the achievements of Alexander's campaigns are enabled to be fully appreciated as the innovative and significant events that shaped the course of history and made Alexander a subject of lasting fascination throughout the world.
The chronological chapters follow from Alexander's birth to death whilst detailing important battles including those at the River Granicus, Issus and Gaugamela that were significant conflicts in his quest for domination.
The chapters following Alexander's succession detail aspects of his army such as the use of the Phalanx and the changes in weaponry and dress worn on the battlefield, as well as details of the notable commanders and dignitaries of both the Macedonian and opposing armies.
The battles depicted are well described and give an idea of the sizes and sections of the armies, along with their deployment. The help of tactical maps illustrated in these chapters are invaluable whilst following the commentary on the events in the battle and give an ordered account of each significant phase of the fighting.
Various illustrations appear throughout the book including those detailing the apparel and weaponry of the army and period art of Alexander, as well as Medieval and more modern depictions of Alexander's pursuits. Colour photographs also provide images of various archaeological finds, including a modern view of important locations detailed in Alexander's conquests along with a range of maps that are helpfully provided to mark the progression of the army and to contextualise the area of Alexander's occupation.
The Index that appears at the end of the narrative is handy, helping the reader to revisit particular subjects within the book and the Glossary is excellent for the explanation of the more unfamiliar terms.
Most importantly the book is captivating and easily navigated, with the separation of the chapters easing and directing the reader in to the next stage of Alexander's life, along with a valuable timeline for a greater overview of the history surrounding his successes.
This title is a must read for anyone who is interested in the many accomplishments of Alexander the Great and the military history surrounding his notable achievements!
The book is divided into chronological chapters that follow Alexander's career from his accession to his death. The earliest chapters also give you an outline of the military and political backdrop of Greece, Macedon and Persia.
Within each chapter there are several segments that give you a more detailed look at the subject, for instance on the chapter about the rise of Persia, we have segments on Achaemenid culture, The Immortals, and Darius III's Spear bearers. These are placed beside the book's running text so that they can be referred to if the reader wants more information.
The book is also heavily illustrated. Colour plates from various Osprey titles make an appearance, including illustrations by Angus McBride, Richard Hook and Simon Chew. These help give you an idea of the appearance of the soldiers, siege weapons and architecture of the time, but depending on the artist they are of variying degree's of quality.
Other illustrations include colour photographs of battle locations and archaeological remains, old paintings and woodblock prints about Alexander from centuries past, as well as maps, both strategic and tactical.
The book is brilliantly edited by Ruth Sheppard, with the information and illustrations being cleverly placed. She also provides a chronological timeline of events, a glossary of unfamiliar terms and a short bibliography. Most importantly the book is readable and well written.
Although this is not the best book I've read on the subject (it does not reach the heights of Peter Green or Robin Lane Fox's biographies) it is still a great guide to Alexander's military accomplishments.
A good introductory text on the military forces of the fourth century BC.
Its not the full alexander's story as the battles are not too detailed, but never the less a good book, and hardcover looks the business.
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