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Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West

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In the fifth century B.C., a global superpower was determined to bring truth and order to what it regarded as two terrorist states. The superpower was Persia, incomparably rich in ambition, gold, and men. The terrorist states were Athens and Sparta, eccentric cities in a poor and mountainous backwater: Greece.

The story of how their citizens took on the Great King of Persia, and thereby saved not only themselves but Western civilization as well, is as heart-stopping and fateful as any episode in history. Tom Holland's brilliant study of these critical Persian Wars skillfully examines a conflict of critical importance to both ancient and modern history.

Review:

"Most readers will not have any difficulties in seeing the implicit comparisons that Holland makes between the Persians and present-day religious extremists. Holland tells a story in an efficient and engaging manner, with clear and concise prose enhanced by a time line and endnotes." Library Journal

Review:

"A welcome popularization of ancient history, with a nicely vengeful cliffhanger of an ending that begs for a sequel." Kirkus Reviews

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"Holland's engaging narrative would do Herodotus proud." Booklist

Review:

"Ambitious....a sweeping popular account that seems destined to become a classic." The Seattle Times

About the Author

Tom Holland gained the top degree at Cambridge before earning his Ph.D. at Oxford. An accomplished radio personality in Britain, he has written a highly acclaimed series of adaptations for Radio 4 of Herodotus's Histories, Virgil's Aeneid, and Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed history of the fall of the Roman Republic, Rubicon, and the novels The Bone Hunter, Slave of My Thirst, and Lord of the Dead.

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ISBN:
9780307279484
Author:
Holland, Tom
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Ancient - Greece
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Middle East - Iran
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Iran History To 640.
Subject:
Greece History Persian Wars, 500-449 B.C.
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Subject:
history;persia;ancient history;greece;non-fiction;sparta;military history;iran;persian wars;athens;ancient greece;ancient;war;classics;greek;middle east;persian empire;xerxes;classical history;asia;greek history;antiquity;persian;military;greco-persian wa
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
TWO 8- PAGE ILL. SEC./3 MAPS
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.96 in 0.94 lb

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Product details 464 pages Anchor Books - English 9780307279484 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Most readers will not have any difficulties in seeing the implicit comparisons that Holland makes between the Persians and present-day religious extremists. Holland tells a story in an efficient and engaging manner, with clear and concise prose enhanced by a time line and endnotes."
"Review" by , "A welcome popularization of ancient history, with a nicely vengeful cliffhanger of an ending that begs for a sequel."
"Review" by , "Holland's engaging narrative would do Herodotus proud."
"Review" by , "Ambitious....a sweeping popular account that seems destined to become a classic."
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