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Alexander is a classic and timeless account of the life and battles of one of the greatest military commanders the world has ever seen. Inheriting the kingdom of Macedonia when he was just 20, Alexander the Great went on to command his country’s most successful army conquering most of the known world: Greece, Asia Minor, the Near East, Egypt, the lands of the Ferti Alexander is a classic and timeless account of the life and battles of one of the greatest military commanders the world has ever seen. Inheriting the kingdom of Macedonia when he was just 20, Alexander the Great went on to command his country’s most successful army conquering most of the known world: Greece, Asia Minor, the Near East, Egypt, the lands of the Fertile Crescent, and on into what we now know as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. His small but revolutionary army was characterized by an unbreakable infantry phalanx and a shock cavalry force. Dodge, an experienced military historian, examines Alexander’s expertise as a military strategist and an army commander, encapsulating all of the battles of his career. He also explores the effects of Alexander’s military campaign upon the course of world history: his legacy spans thousands of years. Theodore Ayrault Dodge (May 28, 1842 – October 26, 1909) was an American officer and military historian. He fought as a Union officer in the American Civil War; as a writer, he was devoted to both the Civil War and the great generals of ancient and European history.


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Alexander is a classic and timeless account of the life and battles of one of the greatest military commanders the world has ever seen. Inheriting the kingdom of Macedonia when he was just 20, Alexander the Great went on to command his country’s most successful army conquering most of the known world: Greece, Asia Minor, the Near East, Egypt, the lands of the Ferti Alexander is a classic and timeless account of the life and battles of one of the greatest military commanders the world has ever seen. Inheriting the kingdom of Macedonia when he was just 20, Alexander the Great went on to command his country’s most successful army conquering most of the known world: Greece, Asia Minor, the Near East, Egypt, the lands of the Fertile Crescent, and on into what we now know as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. His small but revolutionary army was characterized by an unbreakable infantry phalanx and a shock cavalry force. Dodge, an experienced military historian, examines Alexander’s expertise as a military strategist and an army commander, encapsulating all of the battles of his career. He also explores the effects of Alexander’s military campaign upon the course of world history: his legacy spans thousands of years. Theodore Ayrault Dodge (May 28, 1842 – October 26, 1909) was an American officer and military historian. He fought as a Union officer in the American Civil War; as a writer, he was devoted to both the Civil War and the great generals of ancient and European history.

57 review for Alexander: A History of the Origin and Growth of the Art of War

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Gabriel

    I have been working my way through most of T.A. Dodge's series and enjoyed this one best or at least as much as the one on Hannibal. The battles and surrounding circumstances were so incredible that I often was incredulous. However, whether true, made up, or some mix didn't matter too much; I would have enjoyed them just as much if pure fiction. The coverage of the battles and tactics are good, but there is also more general history in this one than there is in some of the others. Great read. I have been working my way through most of T.A. Dodge's series and enjoyed this one best or at least as much as the one on Hannibal. The battles and surrounding circumstances were so incredible that I often was incredulous. However, whether true, made up, or some mix didn't matter too much; I would have enjoyed them just as much if pure fiction. The coverage of the battles and tactics are good, but there is also more general history in this one than there is in some of the others. Great read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Darrell Benjamin

    A good condensed version of Alexander 's military campaigns Being that Alexander was 2,300 + years ago and there is not a great amount of references, the book stayed mainly focussed on his military campaigns and maneuvers. It does show Alexander as one trying to increase trade, and valuing people. He led from the front. A good condensed version of Alexander 's military campaigns Being that Alexander was 2,300 + years ago and there is not a great amount of references, the book stayed mainly focussed on his military campaigns and maneuvers. It does show Alexander as one trying to increase trade, and valuing people. He led from the front.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ymiracle

    Very detailed. Probably a go-to work if this is the kind of history you want to read about. I approached this book rather aimlessly, and stubbornly elected to finish it, though I was not enthralled by the subject. For me at the time it was dry.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sean Doubt

    Quite an amazing history. No question that few people have accomplished as much as Alexander, despite his flaws he appears to have been an exceptional person in many ways.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Windham

    Theodore Dodge may have, in this book, created the greatest story of Alexander's campaigns ever to be written; even better than the famous Arrian in my view. His writing style is lively, enthralling,and descriptive and will definitely leave the reader captivated! Alexander was definitely a great man and possibly the greatest (surely one of the greatest) captains in history and Dodge unashamedly portrays him as such, however, he does not shy away from the flaws in the Macedonian prince's incandes Theodore Dodge may have, in this book, created the greatest story of Alexander's campaigns ever to be written; even better than the famous Arrian in my view. His writing style is lively, enthralling,and descriptive and will definitely leave the reader captivated! Alexander was definitely a great man and possibly the greatest (surely one of the greatest) captains in history and Dodge unashamedly portrays him as such, however, he does not shy away from the flaws in the Macedonian prince's incandescent patina. All of this flows seamlessly into the shear adventure of the his campaign of revenge against the Persian Empire, his great victories against overwhelming odds, his noble deeds as well as some that were not so noble, and the Herculean character of the great king--the new Achilles himself--who always led from the front and was always loved by his men. For anyone who wants both a great narrative and a great scholarly work then Theodore Dodge's work will more that satiate both of those desires!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Sison

    Dodge's books have a very classic feel to them. Hand drawn illustrations and battle maps add to the ambience of reading something your grandpa might have read in his study back in the good ole days. Some of the material feels dated, such as Dodge's obvious lack of respect for Eastern and Middle Eastern warfare (the Orientals...), but if you keep in mind when this book was written, I think you'll get by just fine. I really wish textbooks were written like this today... Added: 4-21 Some inaccuracies Dodge's books have a very classic feel to them. Hand drawn illustrations and battle maps add to the ambience of reading something your grandpa might have read in his study back in the good ole days. Some of the material feels dated, such as Dodge's obvious lack of respect for Eastern and Middle Eastern warfare (the Orientals...), but if you keep in mind when this book was written, I think you'll get by just fine. I really wish textbooks were written like this today... Added: 4-21 Some inaccuracies have dampened my enthusiasm for this book- such as the obvious mistake of calling a ballista a catapult and vice versa. But rekindling my enthusiasm is the general survey of Greek warfare preceding Alexander's generation, which I appreciated terribly.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Idiom

    Of the three definitive biographies written by Dodge;(Alexander, Caeser, Hannibal), this was my favorite. Dodge's insights from his own military career during the US civil war breathe a life into this account that draws you in. Alexander of Macedon's strategies and tactics are explained by a military officer whose first hand, wartime experience, sheds light on them in a manner not possible by a back-room scholar. Enjoy! Of the three definitive biographies written by Dodge;(Alexander, Caeser, Hannibal), this was my favorite. Dodge's insights from his own military career during the US civil war breathe a life into this account that draws you in. Alexander of Macedon's strategies and tactics are explained by a military officer whose first hand, wartime experience, sheds light on them in a manner not possible by a back-room scholar. Enjoy!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Luis Delgado

    ALEXANDER Es un excelente libro que nos muestra por qué se le conoce como Alejandro Magno, en cuya narrativa el autor nos ubica en el tiempo y lugar en que Alejandro Magno muestra como logró sus victorias y sabiamente sometió a los diferentes pueblos. Los numerosos gráficos facilita la comprensión de las tácticas que empleó Alejandro Magno, al que solo la muerte venció.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Although the book kind of started out slow, the speed started picking up as the book progressed. The battles were described vividly, and especially the siege of Tyre was the most interesting part of the campaigns of Alexander. If you have read any of the other books that Dodge wrote, like Hannibal or Caesar, he compares the captains with skill and such a way.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Windsor

    This was my second favorite of the three books I have read on Alexander. A good military summary, although this is mostly because it is written my a former army general. It lacks a little on the scholarly side (especially political) but it is by no means a bad book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Takipsilim

    Dodge set the standard on comprehensive military studies of the great commanders. And despite the passage of more than a century since his books were first published he still reads well. This is his take on history's first great captain. Dodge set the standard on comprehensive military studies of the great commanders. And despite the passage of more than a century since his books were first published he still reads well. This is his take on history's first great captain.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jhsmith111

    Oh man this is a good book. Dudes you gotta read this!! Beware you will never be the same......

  13. 4 out of 5

    Adelaido Godinez

    Theodore Dodge considered Alexander the greatest of the great captains. Worth reading.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

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  15. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    Good book. Great for those wanting an overview of Alexander's campaigns. This is the second of Dodge's books I've read (Hannibal) and I've enjoyed both of them. Good book. Great for those wanting an overview of Alexander's campaigns. This is the second of Dodge's books I've read (Hannibal) and I've enjoyed both of them.

  16. 4 out of 5

    deleuzional

    Not enough focus on tactics and too much focus on strategy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joel Toppen

    I've read through this volume twice. Battle narratives are some of the best for this period of history. I've read through this volume twice. Battle narratives are some of the best for this period of history.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Book collector

    This is a fascinating two volume set from greenhill books detailing the campaigns and the changes in warfare at this time.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ruben

    Fascinating story about probably the best general ever existed, full of details and anecdotes. The style is the usual, clear and straightforward from this writer. Very easy to read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Peter Hopkins

    In my opinion this book is still the benchmark That others are measured against.

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    Vicente Mulero Carbonell

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