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PERSIAN FIRE: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West

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Why do they hate us? That's what Herodotus wanted to know, and this lively history of the Persian Wars ventures a few answers.Indeed, writes historian/novelist Holland (Rubicon, 2004, etc.), if history begins with Herodotus, then that question is the foundation of history. "Why, he wondered, did the peoples of East and West find it so hard to live in peace?" Herodotus thought it might have had ... Read full review

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Holland tackles the clash of civilizations with details that show how civilizations change, become less brutal, advance and then return to our barbaric roots.

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