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The only reason I finished this was because it was short. I otherwise would have abandoned it
I bought because I am reading Robert Harris' (3 of 3 in the trilogy): "Dictator", essentially the same time period told from Cicero's viewpoint ( actually, his servant Tiro). Two reasons why I disliked The First Triumvirate. One, the narrator. Somehow, he managed to be both too fast, and too boring, simultaneously. Two, the content. Instead of discussing how the Triumvirate came together, the relationship between the men, it focused mainly, not completely, but mainly, on the singular stories of each individual man. In other words, a discussion, on and on and on, of Caesar's battles in Gaul. And Pompey's battles.Then Crassus' fall in Syria. Battle. By battle. By battle.
To be fair, the book somewhat touches on the impact of the Triumvirate, it's effect on the Republic, but compared to what I have described above...not so much.
This, combined with the very poor narration, causes me to conclude: give this a pass. Even if you are wanting a brief history of what -appears - to be interesting. There are far better histories (books) of this fascinating time.
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