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In the fifth century BC, a global superpower was determined to bring truth and order to what it regarded as two terrorist states. The superpower was Persia, incomparably rich in ambition, gold, and men. The terrorist states were Athens and Sparta, eccentric cities in a poor and mountainous backwater: Greece. The story of how their citizens took on the Great King of Persia, and thereby saved not only themselves, but Western civilization as well, is as heart-stopping and fateful as any episode in history. Tom Holland's brilliant study of these critical Persian Wars skillfully examines a conflict of critical importance to both ancient and modern history.
©2005 Tom Holland (P)2016 Tantor
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jack Cone on 01-04-17

Hard on a novice.

Excellent for someone already well versed in ancient history. While details of battle were exciting and gave believable character to heroes, traitors and opportunists, descriptions of life (other than death) lacked depth and empathy. I presume a dearth of actual history made for shallow accounts of the in between tines, while much glory (and detail) was heaped on the fights. The first half of the book was more even, while the later half had intricate tales of the action, but seemed to leave out everyday life. Yes, I enjoyed the book, but as a newly interested history reader (as are many Audible customers, I'll presume), I could have used more posting of dates and especially tips on locations. A map and timeline could be added without a rewrite and would be immense boons.

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5 out of 5 stars
By TS Dart on 08-22-16

East Mets West

An in-depth look at the role of Persia and Greece in world history. From the title one would conclude this is more story about Persia however it is just as much the history of Greece and its role in preventing Persia from adding Greece to the list of nations conquered in its quest to build its empire.

Expertly written and wonderfully narrated, a must-listen for any history buff.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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