Persian Fire (Google eBook)
In the fifth century B.C., 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 Hollandís brilliant study of these critical Persian Wars skillfully examines a conflict of critical importance to both ancient and modern history.
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Review: Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the WestUser Review - Jaqui Lane - Goodreads
A well-written and researched book about the first, and possibly one of the most important interactions between the Greeks and Persians. Something I knew very little about. Highly recommend it. Read full review
Review: Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the WestUser Review - Barnaby Chesterman - Goodreads
Fabulously interesting and enjoyable read. Holland really brings this period to life emphasizing the grandiose status of the kings of kings and the turpid world of Ancient Greece. For any lover of history, this book is a must. Read full review
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