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Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

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ISBN13: 9780553383683
ISBN10: 055338368x
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In 480 B.C., two million Persian invaders came to the mountain pass of Thermopylae in eastern Greece. They were met by three hundred of the finest warriors Sparta could muster. There, the Greek loyalists battled for six days, down to the last man. The time they bought enabled their countrymen to rally and defeat the Persians later that year. This is their story.

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"Pressfield brings the battle of Thermopylae to brilliant life, and he does for that war what Charles Frazier did for the Civil War in Cold Mountain." Pat Conroy

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"Gripping and swashbuckling...an exciting, romantic, star-crossed story." Richard Bernstein, The New York Times Book Review

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"Rich with historical detail, hot action and crafty storytelling, Pressfield's riveting story reveals the social and political framework of Spartan life..." Publishers Weekly

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"A triumph in historical fiction....While theromantic interests are somewhat stilted, the man-to-man and mano-a-mano elements are all superb, with a fine, elegiac tone...enhancing equally the historical details and the human touches." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Its fast-paced blending of ethnology, romance, human insight, and military science should generate considerable patron demand. Highly recommended." Booklist

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The national bestseller!

At Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece, the feared and admired Spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Theirs was a suicide mission, to hold the pass against the invading millions of the mighty Persian army.

Day after bloody day they withstood the terrible onslaught, buying time for the Greeks to rally their forces. Born into a cult of spiritual courage, physical endurance, and unmatched battle skill, the Spartans would be remembered for the greatest military stand in history--one that would not end until the rocks were awash with blood, leaving only one gravely injured Spartan squire to tell the tale....

From the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Steven Pressfield is the author of The Legend of Bagger Vance, a mystical golf novel that was made into a film directed by Robert Redford, starring Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, and Will Smith; Tides of War; Last of the Amazons; and most recently, The Virtues of War, a novel about Alexander the Great. He makes his home in Malibu, California.

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Anakyn, February 19, 2007 (view all comments by Anakyn)
Hands-down, one of the best works of historical fiction I have ever read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553383683
Author:
Pressfield, Steven
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
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Subject:
fiction;historical fiction;history;sparta;greece;war;ancient greece;thermopylae;historical;military;novel;persia;spartans;warfare;greek;ancient history;persian wars;military history;historical novel;adventure;xerxes;greeks;greek history;ancient;leonidas;c
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
September 27, 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.16x5.28x.83 in. .90 lbs.

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Product details 400 pages Bantam Books - English 9780553383683 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Pressfield brings the battle of Thermopylae to brilliant life, and he does for that war what Charles Frazier did for the Civil War in Cold Mountain."
"Review" by , "Gripping and swashbuckling...an exciting, romantic, star-crossed story."
"Review" by , "Rich with historical detail, hot action and crafty storytelling, Pressfield's riveting story reveals the social and political framework of Spartan life..."
"Review" by , "A triumph in historical fiction....While theromantic interests are somewhat stilted, the man-to-man and mano-a-mano elements are all superb, with a fine, elegiac tone...enhancing equally the historical details and the human touches."
"Review" by , "Its fast-paced blending of ethnology, romance, human insight, and military science should generate considerable patron demand. Highly recommended."
"Synopsis" by , The national bestseller!

At Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece, the feared and admired Spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Theirs was a suicide mission, to hold the pass against the invading millions of the mighty Persian army.

Day after bloody day they withstood the terrible onslaught, buying time for the Greeks to rally their forces. Born into a cult of spiritual courage, physical endurance, and unmatched battle skill, the Spartans would be remembered for the greatest military stand in history--one that would not end until the rocks were awash with blood, leaving only one gravely injured Spartan squire to tell the tale....

From the Paperback edition.

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