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  - setnahkt - LibraryThing

Mostly straightforward literary discussion of The Iliad, and quite interesting, with speculation on potential authors based on textual analysis (i.e., Homer vs. somebody else); speculation on the ... Read full review

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User Review  - gayla.bassham - LibraryThing

Really 3 1/2 stars. I started out really liking this book, then got bored with it as the second half became repetitive. The first half, though, is full of interesting insights and anecdotes and factoids, so still well worth reading. Read full review


Title Page
Chain of Command
Terms of Engagement
Enemy Lines
Land of My Fathers
In God We Trust
Man Down
No Hostages
The Death of Hektor
Everlasting Glory

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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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