!!> KINDLE ❤ Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West ❧ Author Tom Holland – Pcusati.info

!!> KINDLE ❤ Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West ❧ Author Tom Holland – Pcusati.info In 480 B.C., Xerxes, The King Of Persia, Led An Invasion Of Mainland Greece Its Success Should Have Been A Formality For Seventy Years, Victory Rapid, Spectacular Victory Had Seemed The Birthright Of The Persian Empire In The Space Of A Single Generation, They Had Swept Across The Near East, Shattering Ancient Kingdoms, Storming Famous Cities, Putting Together An Empire Which Stretched From India To The Shores Of The Aegean As A Result Of Those Conquests, Xerxes Ruled As The Most Powerful Man On The Planet Yet Somehow, Astonishingly, Against The Largest Expeditionary Force Ever Assembled, The Greeks Of The Mainland Managed To Hold Out The Persians Were Turned Back Greece Remained Free Had The Greeks Been Defeated In The Epochal Naval Battle At Salamis, Not Only Would The West Have Lost Its First Struggle For Independence And Survival, But It Is Unlikely That There Would Ever Have Been Such An Entity As The West At All.Tom Holland S Brilliant New Book Describes The Very First Clash Of Empires Between East And West As He Did In The Critically Praised Rubicon, He Has Found Extraordinary Parallels Between The Ancient World And Our Own There Is No Other Popular History That Takes In The Entire Sweep Of The Persian Wars, And No Other Classical Historian, Academic Or Popular, Who Combines Scholarly Rigor With Novelistic Depth With A Worldly Irony In Quite The Fashion That Tom Holland Does.

10 thoughts on “Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West

  1. WarpDrive WarpDrive says:

    I am going to give this book a rating that is the result of an average between two different ingredients the fluent and compelling writing style, the exciting, vibrant and riveting historical narrative, the moments of epic poetry reminiscent of the best Homeric tradition, the startling immediacy with whic

  2. Marcus Marcus says:

    I think that merits of this book need to be judged from two rather different perspectives Seen from purely literary point of view, Persian Fire is an excellent book Holland s writing style is both rich and engaging What s maybe even important, he makes all those historical figures come alive If the book was a pu

  3. Jonfaith Jonfaith says:

    I Bought Persian Fire in Heathrow returning from Morocco We had spent the night before with my wife s brother in Reading Having returned from the dually you know what I mean arid Marrakesch, we were greeted with a bounty of Czech pilsners The following morning I was half pained and entirely groggy I bought this upon ente

  4. Jean Jean says:

    This is a dramatizing of the Greco Persian Wars, not the history of the Persian Empire The Persian Empire was founded by Cyrus the Great in the sixth century B C and was a massive Empire even by todays viewpoint He ruled the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa and well beyond the Danube River in Europe Holland provides a brief his

  5. Siria Siria says:

    I picked this up because although three years of a degree in Ancient History mean that I know the history of this conflict quite thoroughly from the Greek side, I think I m less informed about it from the Persian point of view I m not sure that this did an awful lot to correct that while the early part of the book does discus the Persia

  6. Kristy K Kristy K says:

    Persian Fire looks at much than just the rise of the Persian empire It focuses heavily on the Greeks as well and while Holland explains his reasoning for this and it made sense, I do wish time could have been spent examining the Persians This feels like a historical look at the Persian ...

  7. Martin Martin says:

    There are many versions of the great wars between the small Greek city states and the mighty Persian empire.This book is one of the best.The Persian empire was ruled always and only by one man, who word was law his law.The separate Greek city state were always experimenting with different forms of government and at one point came up with the idea of de

  8. Sean Sean says:

    Superb pop history Despite the title, still a bit graeco centric understandable, given the sources available Certainly sympathetic to the Persians than any number of recent histories, though in the end it does toe the Western civilization was n...

  9. Arun Divakar Arun Divakar says:

    Sometimes at the most drowsy of moments spent on musing about history, I see the whole picture as a rise and fall of global powers A number of races, faiths and faces have all struggled for domination over the planet and when looked at from the longer term, every single one of them have failed Knowing that it is futile, why do men and women struggle for this momentary

  10. Ali Khan Ali Khan says:

    I must say that this book was really disappointing for me as I was, judging from the title, excitedly expecting a historical narrative of the first Persian Empire The title was, however, misleading, to say the least.The book starts with a rather hasty overview of Persian empire s background and even with the clever and very interesting insertions of anecdotes, one cannot but

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