Alexander The Great
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What can we learn from the stunning rise and mysterious death of the ancient world's greatest conqueror? An acclaimed biographer reconstructs the life of Alexander the Great in this magisterial portrait.

About the Author

Anthony Everitt, a former visiting professor in the visual and performing arts at Nottingham Trent University, who has written extensively on European culture, is the author of Cicero, Augustus, Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome, The Rise of Rome, and The Rise of Athens. He has as well served as secretary general of the Arts Council of Great Britain. Everitt lives near Colchester, England's first recorded town, founded by the Romans.

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"Reads as easily as a novel . . . [Anthony] Everitt has a wealth of anecdotes and two millennia of histories to work with, and he delivers and interprets them flawlessly. Nearly unparalleled insight into the period and the man make this a story for everyone."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Everitt, an expert storyteller, has written a riveting narrative that restores Alexander to his own context-and takes a whack at solving the remaining mysteries. . . . Along the way, he takes us on a spirited passage through the ancient world, from the Balkans to South Asia."-BookPage

"Ancient history expert Everitt attacks the young Macedonian king's astonishing conquests on three continents-Africa, Asia, and Europe-with relish. . . . This detailed account of the intriguing ancient military genius will fascinate military history readers eager to learn more about Alexander's motivation and the lifelong fearlessness that propelled him to near-mythic status."-Publishers Weekly

Praise for Anthony Everitt

The Rise of Rome

"Fascinating history and a great read."-Chicago Sun-Times

"Everitt writes for the informed and the uninformed general reader alike, in a brisk, conversational style, with a modern attitude of skepticism and realism."-The Dallas Morning News

Cicero

"An excellent introduction to a critical period in the history of Rome . . . Cicero comes across much as he must have lived."-The Wall Street Journal

"Riveting . . . a clear-eyed biography [offering] vivid lessons about the viciousness that can pervade elected government."-Chicago Tribune

Augustus

"Fascinating and brisk to read . . . All the stuff of adventure is here, from court intrigue to roving armies to shipwreck."-The Washington Post Book World

"A narrative of sustained drama and skillful analysis . . . an accomplished biography."-The Philadelphia Inquirer

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