by Sebastienne on May 11, 2007Pressfield presents the story of the Battle of Thermopylae, in which a small contingent of Spartans and their few allies made a brave, desperate stand against a huge force led by the conquering Persians. I love history but you don’t have to love history to love this book – it’s as much about life, and people, as it is about war. Each character is as important as the battle (and man, does Pressfield put you right in the scene – you’ll feel like showering after his nitty gritty presentation of each skirmish). The book touches upon all the important stuff of life: friendship, love, and the question of what’s worth fighting for. Pressfield respectfully acknowledges a debt to Mary Renault, and while it would be hard to find any author with her towering talent, I believe Ms. Renault would’ve enjoyed this book tremendously.
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