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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Contents

Preface
Chain of Command
Terms of Engagement
Enemy Lines
Land of My Fathers
In God We Trust
Man Down
No Hostages
Everlasting Glory
TEXTS
TRANSLATIONS
DARK AGE
CRITICAL STUDIES
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Caroline Alexander is the author of the international bestsellers The Endurance and The Bounty. A Rhodes Scholar, she was a lecturer at the University of Malawi, where she established the department of Classics. She received her doctorate in Classics at Columbia University, where she was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities. Alexander is a contributing writer for National Geographic Magazine and has written for The New Yorker, Smithsonian, and Outside.

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