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Alexander the Great at War ➹ [Read] ➵ Alexander the Great at War By Ruth Sheppard ➼ – Alexander was arguably the greatest military commander ever Upon the assassination of his father King Philip II of Macedon in the summer of 336 BC he took over the reins of power of a now united Greec Alexander was arguably the greatest military commander ever Great at PDF/EPUB å Upon the assassination of his father King Philip II of Macedon in the summer of BC he took over the reins of power of a now united Greece Two years later he led his combined Macedonian and Greek army into Asia and began the greatest military conuest in world history In eleven short years and an extraordinary seuence Alexander the PDF/EPUB ² of marches battles and sieges he overcame the might of the Persian Empire and campaigned across deserts plains and forests as far as the Indian subcontinent to become master of most of the known world at least on the battlefield He died in Babylon at the age of This richly illustrated book examines all of Alexander's incredible campaigns describing in detail his armies and the armies he defeated the Great at MOBI ñ as he created his enormous empire and explains the extraordinary generalship and tactics that won him his victories Numerous maps and photographs and full color artwork reconstructions and D bird's eye views of battles combine with authoritative text to relive one of history's most epic military adventures.

  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Alexander the Great at War
  • Ruth Sheppard
  • English
  • 08 November 2016
  • 9781846033285

10 thoughts on “Alexander the Great at War

  1. Dimitri Dimitri says:

    Set within the proper context of Philip II's military reforms the Greco Persian conflicts and collaborations from Marathon to the present Alexanders campaigns are executed by a Macedonian army that was a lot heterogeneous than just Sarissa phalanx and Companion Cavalry There are some interesting inserts by Osprey's resident ancient siege warfare author Duncan Campbell and his presence is keenly felt behind the excellent chapter on the island citadel of Tyre The four musketeers are broken down beyond the ancient sources and clarified by multiple maps each At Granicus the cavalry sucked everybody into a melee At Issus Darius marched into a new Thermophylae At Guagamela the cavalry again elongated the choice of terrain to Alexander's advantage At the Hydaspes river a combination of appearing where you are not in combination with an amphibious assault trapped the Indian hostThe massive but uncoordinated nature of the Persian army and the cowardly flights of Darius III are eually toned down As C in C he could ill afford to be made captive in the front ranks at the first clash and he was familiar enough with the hoplite art of war thanks to his Greek mercenaries tough he probably underestimated the novelty combined arms mobility of the Macedian host Still the claim that Persia could've won at the beginning of the book is never backed up by the Achaemenid reaction to the rapid conuest of its western provinces a Mediterranean conuest aimed at negating the power of the Persian fleetFor completion's sake the final chapters deal with the Wars of the Successors Alexander's shortcomings as a consolidator of conuest unlike his step by step father and the legends surrounding him complete with lovely medieval whales he looked at Overall an Osprey round up as it should be coherent in its fusion of the original booklets until it rivals a monograph lavishly reproducing the commissioned artwork

  2. Nuha Kabbani Nuha Kabbani says:

    After finishing it it leaves but in wonder of Alexander's greatness I uestioned if he is the two horns legend mentioned in the uran or just a conuerer? I saw all his campaigns on YouTube to understand the explanation in the book At times the military information gotten me bored and wanted to skip those pages but kept on reading not missing a word just in case there is something important to know I wish the book was written in a simpler way so it can be tought in school I am doing a power point presentation for my kids in school to get them familiar with Alexander accomplishment

  3. Joshua Sorto Joshua Sorto says:

    Detailed book about Alexander the great his battles tactics and what we know about him as a person The book tells us the world he was born into and the world he left behind

  4. Keith Keith says:

    This book was interesting but disappointing It wasn't like I was bored the entire time I read it but I think that with a topic like Alexander the Great it should be pretty freakin fascinating It had some serious problems1 The biggest problem was the lack of maps I went back and counted There are six maps in the entire book I'm not counting the battle maps I am well read than the average person on historical topics and I don't recognize a good number of the locations that major events take place at Also there are many places that I recognize and can say I think that area is in modern day Ira but really can't visualize it that well If the author put some maps in the book this wouldn't be a problem at all You really lose a lot of the interestlearning on Alexander the Great if you are just reading a series of names of places that he went and conuered There are so many times when the author is trying to describe why Alexander is such a genius for going to this place or that and it didn't mean much to me because they were just names For books with a historical topic and especially when they are heavy on the military side maps are crucial 2 In place of all these maps that would've greatly improved the book I got a bunch of drawings of what the soldiers looked like I counted 22 of them I think part of this decision was that it is likely cheaper to have someone draw a soldier than a map I think part of the decision was also influenced by the author's obsession with their clothing At times while reading this book I felt like I do when I am in the room when my wife is watching one of those red carpet shows He goes on and on how this type of soldier has a purple cape with a gold trim but this other kind of soldier has a gold cape with a tan trim And this other type of soldierand here is a drawing of what that would look like It really angered me when I got to interesting topics and at best I get one map that I usually felt was pretty deficient 3 Too much of the book was spent not talking about Alexander being at war as the title implies You get 100 pages in before much of anything happens Almost all of the time is spent talking about the various types of spearmen what types of clothesarmor they wear and whether their spear is 5' or 7' Some of this stuff is very important for a military book but they don't need to be discussed in such great detail Most of that first hundred pages is stuff like that It would've been better to have 20 pages of Greek history up until that point Two pages on military uniforms 5 10 pages on military strategy up until then It gets frustrating when there is time spent on detailing various uniforms than on the actual battles Sometimes you would get through a major battle in a couple pages I would finish and be like wait that is what I wanted to read about I wanted to get detailed descriptions of the battles not of what various people were wearing4 This might be the first book of this style where the battle maps were mostly useless Really if you are only going to have 1 2 maps per battle of formationsstrategy then don't bother To understand the military genius of Alexander it should be illustrated step by step what the situation was and what Alexander did to win the battles Drawing one picture with the opening formations and then a bunch of arrows drawn all over the place is very difficult to get anything out of You should have those opening formations and then another drawing of the armies partway through the battle and then another of the formations at the key moment If Alexander made some crucial decision that won the battle show me the situation right before that moment so I can see what Alexander saw and understand not only what he did but why that was such a great strategy Not every book has drawings as detailed as what I just described but this was the first one that I felt the drawings added absolutely nothing5 I don't know much about the author but the details she cares about seem to be details that are of interest to a historian than the typical person who would read this book I would prefer not to get bogged down into specifics that I don't really think are necessary For example most books like this I've read will have it very clears about how many soldiers are on each side of the battle and how many casualties were estimated It doesn't need to be complex This book goes into too much detail and says there were this many greek cavalry and this many Thracian cavalry and this many Macedonian CalvaryThose aren't details that really matter especially at the expense of details left out of the bookI'm not trying to dissuade people from reading the book because I didn't hate it I did learn a lot about Alexander the Great I think the book spent a whole lot of time discussing things that aren't important while glossing over things people who want to read about Alexander's war campaigns care about

  5. David David says:

    Not a bad book but it wasn't the easiest for me to get through I can recommend it but not as a first book or introduction to Alexander and his campaigns Probably better after you already have some background My biggest complaint would be that I needed maps and indications of where things were since most of the time it is throwing ancient place names at you without any real indication of where they are or their relation to each other When it did give maps I found it much easier to picture the narrative and enjoyed those sections so Otherwise I felt lost through much of the work

  6. Juliew. Juliew. says:

    This was rather unorganized and the ancient greek wasn't helping me much eitherHoweverI felt overall it was uite a good chronology of Alexander's careerI liked that much of it was sourced by Arrian although DiodorusJustin and Plutarch are used throughout as well as many other modern scholarsIt seemed considerably detailed Also included were many paintings and real photographs of locationssculpturecoinagevases and tomb findings

  7. Steve Steve says:

    This look at the age of Alexander the Great starts with a look at the three prominent states of the time Greece Persia and Macedon The armies of the time are then examined followed by a detailed look at Alexander’s campaigns throughout Europe the Middle East and Asia Illustrations help tell the story Good book

  8. Lee Lee says:

    An excellent book detailing the military campaigns of Alexander the great Lots of maps describing the campaigns and details of the various battles and sieges Excellent photo's of ancient objects and sites and drawings showing what Alexander's troops and opponents would have looked like

  9. Jonathan Jonathan says:

    Excellent compilation of Ospreys previous works on Alexander Author does a great job of examining the weapons tactics and the battles

  10. Léo Kölln Léo Kölln says:

    Poderia ter mais mapas especialmente por fazer referência a várias cidades antigas Fora isto é extremamente objetivo e de leitura fácil

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