The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Oct 15, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 320 pages
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"Spectacular and constantly surprising."
-Ken Burns

Written with the authority of a scholar and the vigor of a bestselling narrative historian, The War That Killed Achilles is a superb and utterly timely presentation of one of the timeless stories of Western civilization. As she did in The Endurance and The Bounty, New York Times bestselling author Caroline Alexander has taken apart a narrative we think we know and put it back together in a way that lets us see its true power. In the process, she reveals the intended theme of Homer's masterwork-the tragic lessons of war and its enduring devastation.


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Review: The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of the Iliad

User Review  - Keith - Goodreads

This is a thoughtful, penetrating study of one of my favorite works of art, The Iliad. This poem always struck me as a disorienting work of art with its vivid battle deaths, its wide-ranging similes ... Read full review


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About the author (2009)

 Caroline Alexander has written for The New Yorker, Granta, Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian, Outside, and National Geographic and is the author of four previous books.

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