By Bill Yenne
Invoice Yenne's "Alexander the good" is a part of the "The international Generals Series". Like different books within the sequence, Alexander the nice, is written in a simple, chronological demeanour. there's little hypothesis or conjecture by way of the writer. whilst, historical assets vary, Yenne says whatever, Plutarch stated it happend "this method" yet Nicomedia acknowledged it occurred "this different way."
However, what inspired this reviewer used to be no longer with how a lot old resources differed, yet how related used to be their telling of the tale. for example, all resources appear to agree as to the identify of Alexander's favourite horse, while entered Babylon, how a ways he marched his military etc.
In his telling of the tale of Alexander, Yenne makes comparaions among Alexanders' state of affairs to occasions within the smooth period. those comparasions make the dry proof (such because the order of conflict) turn into extra attention-grabbing and suitable.
To underscore releveance to the fashionable period, Yenne's Alexander the good comes with a quick introdution via basic Wesley Clark. Clark wishes the reader to be see how Alexander was once nice a "quaterback". How he marshalled his forces. How he was once in a position to learn "defenses." How, like an excellent quaterback, he was once in a position to use intution to utilize a serious siutation.
However, as Yenne indicates us, Alexander the nice used to be even more than a "quaterback." not like many different historical, or even smooth, generals, Alexander wasn't afraid to be a mentor to his subordiantes. He was once additionally an comprehensive engineer; he capable of finding detailed technical strategies to difficult tactical sitautions. He used to be additionally fairly a diplomat; he used to be in a position to flip enemies into allies. additional, he used to be manner prior to his time culturally. not like different conquerors, he really favored customs no longer his personal. As Yenne exhibits us, Alexander was once "great" in lots of methods in addition to being a good "quaterback."
Scholars may want extra element, yet as slightly below 2 hundred pages, Yenne's Alexander the nice, used to be lengthy adequate to provide the reviewe a transparent figuring out of 1 of the nice personages of background, yet with no an excessive amount of over the top aspect or scholarly remark.
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Now the Turkish city of Bodrum, in 334 BC it was the principal city of the Persian satrapy of Caria. Here Alexander faced Orontobates, Caria’s satrap, who was supported by Memnon of Rhodes, the mercenary commander against whom he had done battle at Granicus. In turn, Alexander formed an alliance with Ada, the daughter of a former satrap, Hacatomnus. Having married her brother Idrieus when he became the ruler, Ada became satrap herself when he died. She was then deposed by another brother, whose son-in-law, Orontobates, took over from him.
With Miletus now in Alexander’s hands, the Persian fleet sailed down the coast to the old Dorian Greek port city of Halicarnassus. Now the Turkish city of Bodrum, in 334 BC it was the principal city of the Persian satrapy of Caria. Here Alexander faced Orontobates, Caria’s satrap, who was supported by Memnon of Rhodes, the mercenary commander against whom he had done battle at Granicus. In turn, Alexander formed an alliance with Ada, the daughter of a former satrap, Hacatomnus. Having married her brother Idrieus when he became the ruler, Ada became satrap herself when he died.
As such, he made the campaign personal, stressing and appealing to the motives and aspirations of each group under his command, whether that be a desire for revenge, for glory, or for proving that they were the best of the best. S. Marine Corps. Ω Darius studied his map for a place to stop the advance of Alexander’s army, and he found it. In order to march his troops to the Mediterranean coastline from the Anatolian Plateau of central Asia Minor, Alexander needed to cross the Taurus Mountains, and there was essen42 Ω ALEXANDER THE GREAT tially only one place to do this efficiently.
Alexander the Great: Lessons from History's Undefeated General (World Generals) by Bill Yenne