Alexander the Great

  • by Norman F. Cantor
  • Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
  • 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this succinct portrait of Alexander the Great, distinguished scholar and historian Norman Cantor draws on the major writings of Alexander's contemporaries, as well as the most recent psychological and cultural studies, to illuminate this most legendary of men - a great figure in the ancient world, whose puzzling personality greatly fueled his military accomplishments.Cantor describes Alexander's ambiguous relationship with his father, Philip II of Macedon; his oedipal involvement with his mother, the Albanian princess Olympias; and his bisexuality. He traces Alexander's attempts to bridge the East and West, using Achilles, hero of the Trojan War, as his model.Finally, Cantor explores Alexander's view of himself in relation to the pagan gods of Greece and Egypt. More than a biography, Cantor's Alexander the Great is a psychological rendering of a man of his time.


What the Critics Say

"Military exploits...are excitingly revivified, and honesty is the hallmark of Cantor's appreciation of Alexander's relationship with his longtime male lover, Hephaestion. A book that does the biographical art proud." (Booklist)


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I would recommend this book to everyone. The narration was perfect. Bronson Pinchot is one of my favorite. So far, I have never regretted buying a book in which he is the narrator.
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- Kindle Customer

Wonderful and Delightful

I needed this book for a project in school. I didn't really think I would enjoy it but oh boy was I wrong. By far one of the best books I've listened to this year.
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- Charles Little

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-18-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.