The Peloponnesian War

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Penguin Books, 2004 - History - 511 pages
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For three decades in the fifth century b.c. the ancient world was torn apart by a conflict that was as dramatic, divisive, and destructive as the world wars of the twentieth century: the Peloponnesian War. Donald Kagan, one of the world s most respected classical, political, and military historians, here presents a new account of this vicious war of Greek against Greek, Athenian against Spartan. The Peloponnesian War is a magisterial work of history written for general readers, offering a fresh examination of a pivotal moment in Western civilization. With a lively, readable narrative that conveys a richly detailed portrait of a vanished world while honoring its timeless relevance, The Peloponnesian War is a chronicle of the rise and fall of a great empire and of a dark time whose lessons still resonate today.

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

Love this book. 5 stars. This was one of the most readable popular history books I have ever read. Very much like a novel in a lot of places. Highly recommend if you have an interest in this fascinating time period. Read full review

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User Review  - Jonathan - Goodreads

First book where I have had to seek out the audio book to get through it. I learned a lot but it read more like a text book and I had a hard time keeping focus on it with a hard copy. Listening to the ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

Donald Kagan is Sterling Professor of Classics and History at Yale University. His four-volume History of the Peloponnesian War is the leading scholarly work on the subject. He is also the author of many books on ancient and modern topics.

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