Gates Of Fire

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Transworld, Feb 23, 2010 - Fiction - 528 pages
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Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by,
That here, obedient to their laws, we lie.

Nearly 2,500 years ago, in 480BC, at a bleak pass in a far-flung corner of eastern Greece, three hundred Spartan warriors faced the army of Xerxes of Persia, a massive force rumoured to be over a million strong. Their orders were simple: to delay the enemy for as long as possible while the main Greek armies mobilized.
For six days the Spartans held the invaders at bay. In the final hours - their shields broken, swords and spears shattered - they fought with their bare hands before being overwhelmed. It was battle that would become synonymous with extraordinary courage, heroism and self-sacrifice: it was Thermopylae.
In Gates of Fire, Steven Pressfield tells the epic story of those legendary Spartans: the men and women who helped shaped our history and have themselves become as immortal as their gods.

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User Review  - ConnieJo - LibraryThing

Years ago, a man walked into my bookstore and ordered 20 copies of this book because he liked it so much he needed to give a copy to everyone he knew. A couple years ago, it came up again when a ... Read full review

Great Book!

User Review  - hopwallop - Borders

This book is great. It combines historical accounts, creative writer artistry, and vivid detail of the battle through the eyes of a battle servant. The book does a great job of detailing the Spartan ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Steven Pressfield is the author of the bestselling historical novels Gates of Fire, Tides of War, Last of the Amazons, Alexander: The Virtues of War and The Afghan Campaign. His new novel - Killing Rommel - will be published in Spring 2008. He lives in Los Angeles.

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