Thursday, February 07, 2008

Book Review: A War Like No Other

A book review from The Movie Snob

A War Like No Other, by Victor David Hanson (Random House 2005). In the year 431 B.C., only 50 years after a coalition of Greek city-states turned back the invading armies of the Persian Empire (see the movie 300 for a take on that war), there erupted a civil war among the Greeks that is still studied today. In fact I myself read the book The Peloponnesian War by the ancient Greek Thucydides in a college politics class. New books about that war (like this one), apparently still come out from time to time, and this is an interesting one that tries to take us close to the war as it would have been perceived by the soldiers themselves and the lower classes, rather than the generals and statesmen that Thucydides focused on. I certainly enjoyed it, and if you like ancient history at all I have to think that you would too.


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