Alexander the Great: Lessons from History's Undefeated by Bill Yenne

By Bill Yenne

Invoice Yenne's "Alexander the good" is a part of the "The global Generals Series". Like different books within the sequence, Alexander the good, is written in an easy, chronological demeanour. there's little hypothesis or conjecture by way of the writer. whilst, historical resources fluctuate, Yenne says anything, Plutarch acknowledged it happend "this approach" yet Nicomedia acknowledged it occurred "this different way."

However, what inspired this reviewer was once no longer with how a lot historical resources differed, yet how comparable used to be their telling of the tale. for example, all resources appear to agree as to the identify of Alexander's favourite horse, whilst entered Babylon, how a ways he marched his military and so forth.

In his telling of the tale of Alexander, Yenne makes comparaions among Alexanders' scenario to occasions within the smooth period. those comparasions make the dry evidence (such because the order of conflict) develop into extra attention-grabbing and appropriate.

To underscore releveance to the trendy period, Yenne's Alexander the good comes with a brief introdution by means of normal Wesley Clark. Clark wishes the reader to be see how Alexander used to be nice a "quaterback". How he marshalled his forces. How he was once in a position to learn "defenses." How, like an exceptional quaterback, he was once in a position to use intution to utilize a severe siutation.

However, as Yenne exhibits us, Alexander the good used to be even more than a "quaterback." not like many different historic, or even smooth, generals, Alexander wasn't afraid to be a mentor to his subordiantes. He was once additionally an complete engineer; he capable of finding special technical options to tough tactical sitautions. He was once additionally particularly a diplomat; he was once capable of flip enemies into allies. additional, he used to be method prior to his time culturally. not like different conquerors, he really preferred customs now not his personal. As Yenne indicates us, Alexander was once "great" in lots of methods along with being an outstanding "quaterback."

Scholars may want extra aspect, yet as slightly below 200 pages, Yenne's Alexander the good, was once lengthy sufficient to provide the reviewe a transparent figuring out of 1 of the good personages of background, yet with out an excessive amount of over the top aspect or scholarly remark.

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Nevertheless, the boy general attacked and pummeled them, killing more than three quarters of the Sacred Band before they were finally battered into submission. With this, Alexander and the Companions turned on the Athenian center, just as Philip finished off the Athenian cavalry. Most ancient accounts agree that the Battle of Chaeronea was long and bloody, and that when it was over, any question regarding the primacy of the Macedonians was laid to rest. As for Philip’s primacy, the only star that shone as bright over Greece that night was Alexander’s.

As at Granicus, the last holdouts were Greek mercenaries who fought bravely. Unlike at Granicus, however, Alexander did not single them out for punishment. Rather, respecting their bravery and tenacity, he invited them to join his army. According to Arrian, Alexander now adopted a radical maritime strategy in the face of the superior Persian navy. Indeed, it was radical to the point of recklessness, but it was certainly an example of Alexander’s ability to think outside the box. “Alexander now resolved to disband his fleet,” Arrian writes.

In so doing, Philip would also have to repudiate the legitimacy of Olympias’s son, Alexander, as his heir. ” Philip turned the taut back on Olympias, using it as an excuse to accuse her of adultery, which gave him grounds for the divorce that he sought. If they had ever been a happy family, those days were over. Philip’s repudiation of Olympias had the presumably unintended consequence of his also repudiating Alexander. ” Alexander asked Philip, according to Plutarch, during a drunken argument.

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