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Book on Alexander the Great?

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Hey, can anyone recommend me a book about him, from all accounts seems like he was the greatest war mastermind of all time...I'd like to hear his story.
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There are many , last one i read was by Peter Greene. Definately one of the most interesting warriors.
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A lot of the "history" is revisionist. One of the better histories written closest to the time of Alexander and well translated is the Landmark series "The Campaigns of Alexander".
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Marc is correct, the winner writes the history...

I read Alexander and his empire which is less about his tactics and more about how he managed his empire... the writer was also a Achaemenid historian so it was interesting to see his perspective as well. It's not as exciting as the other books more focused on tactics and strategies though.
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Why bother with the books? Just watch the Oliver Stone movie
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Why not go to the principal sources--Arrian, Plutarch and Quintus Curtius Rufus? Paperback editions of all three should be readily available. Modern works on Alexander will mostly just be interpreting and fluffing out what is contained in those books.
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Originally Posted by JLibourel View Post
Why not go to the principal sources--Arrian, Plutarch and Quintus Curtius Rufus? Paperback editions of all three should be readily available. Modern works on Alexander will mostly just be interpreting and fluffing out what is contained in those books.

The Landmark book I recommended is a modern translation of Arrian. Nicely annotated. Over all, I find the Landmark series to be very well done, but not so much fun on a Kindle.
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