By Bill Yenne
Invoice Yenne's "Alexander the nice" is a part of the "The international Generals Series". Like different books within the sequence, Alexander the good, is written in an easy, chronological demeanour. there's little hypothesis or conjecture through the writer. while, old resources vary, Yenne says anything, Plutarch acknowledged it happend "this means" yet Nicomedia stated it occurred "this different way."
However, what inspired this reviewer used to be now not with how a lot historical assets differed, yet how related was once 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 some distance he marched his military and so forth.
In his telling of the tale of Alexander, Yenne makes comparaions among Alexanders' state of affairs to occasions within the glossy 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 trendy period, Yenne's Alexander the good comes with a quick introdution by way of normal Wesley Clark. Clark wishes the reader to be see how Alexander was once nice a "quaterback". How he marshalled his forces. How he used to be in a position to learn "defenses." How, like a superb quaterback, he used to be in a position to use intution to utilize a serious siutation.
However, as Yenne exhibits us, Alexander the good was once even more than a "quaterback." not like many different historic, or even glossy, generals, Alexander wasn't afraid to be a mentor to his subordiantes. He used to be additionally an complete engineer; he capable of finding specific technical ideas to demanding tactical sitautions. He was once additionally relatively a diplomat; he was once in a position to flip enemies into allies. extra, he used to be approach prior to his time culturally. not like different conquerors, he surely preferred customs now not his personal. As Yenne indicates us, Alexander used to be "great" in lots of methods along with being a superb "quaterback."
Scholars may want extra aspect, yet as just below 200 pages, Yenne's Alexander the nice, was once lengthy sufficient to provide the reviewe a transparent realizing of 1 of the good personages of historical past, yet with no an excessive amount of over the top aspect or scholarly remark.
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Extra resources for Alexander the Great: Lessons from History's Undefeated General (World Generals)
In the case of crossing a pontoon bridge, such as Alexander’s men were able to do, they are exposed in single file with no cover and no ability to disperse or take evasive action. In short, in ether case, they are sitting ducks for a well-entrenched defender. Darius, who reportedly had a 20,000-man cavalry force in Asia Minor, forfeited the easiest opportunity that he would ever have to defeat Alexander. ” Reportedly, Alexander stepped ashore on the Asian continent in full armor, ready to do battle, and threw his spear into the sand on the beach at Abydos.
Beauregard, the Persians had all confidence that they would decimate the Greeks. Had the assumptions been correct, both battles would have been anomalous incidents, not the opening events of campaigns that would change history. Like Bull Run, Granicus was a monumental defeat for the defender, both tactically and in terms of morale and public opinion within the region. Unlike 1861, however, the victor chose to exploit his victory politically and militarily. , Alexander kept up his momentum, and reaped the rewards.
Knowing that Darius himself was present that day was an important driving force, causing Alexander to look forward to the coming battle. As Arrian writes, Alexander called together his generals and cavalry commanders, exhorting them “to take courage from the dangers which they had already surmounted, asserting that the struggle would be between themselves who had been previously victorious and a foe who had already been beaten; and that the deity was acting the part of general on their behalf better than himself, by putting it into the mind of Darius to move his forces from the spacious plain and shut them up in a narrow place, where there was sufficient room for themselves to deepen their phalanx by marching from front to rear, but where their vast multitude would be useless to the enemy in the battle.
Alexander the Great: Lessons from History's Undefeated General (World Generals) by Bill Yenne