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

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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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User Review  - JWarren42 - LibraryThing

A really wonderful resource that combines all the archeological work on Troy with the in-depth close reading work on the Iliad to date. I wish I'd had this book about 10 years ago, but was still quite happy to have now. Read full review

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User Review  - rmckeown - LibraryThing

For many years, I have loved and admired Homer’s Odyssey. I never spent much time soaking up The Iliad, because the war and violence depicted never held much interest for me. However, Alexander’s ... Read full review


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 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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