The Peloponnesian War: Athens and Sparta in Savage Conflict, 431-404 BC

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Harper Perennial, 2005 - Greece - 511 pages
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Donald Kagan offers a readible history of the Peloponnesian War, the culmination of the struggle between Athens and Sparta for hegemony in Greece. It was a conflict marked by increasing brutality as the protagonists committed themselves to what became a battle for survival.

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

Love this book. 5 stars. This was one of the most readable popular history books I have ever read. Very much like a novel in a lot of places. Highly recommend if you have an interest in this fascinating time period. Read full review

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User Review  - Jonathan - Goodreads

First book where I have had to seek out the audio book to get through it. I learned a lot but it read more like a text book and I had a hard time keeping focus on it with a hard copy. Listening to the ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Donald Kagan is Sterling Professor of History and Classics at Yale University. and is an internationally recognised authority on ancient Greek history and culture, as well as a scholar of diplomatic history. He is the author of a four-volume history of the Peloponnesian War that is considered the landmark academic work in the field as well as the highly acclaimed Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy and On the Origins of War and the Preservation of Peace. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, The Public Interest and the New York Times Book Review.

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