Seller: ancientgifts (4,385) 100% , Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122211710736 Alexander: A History of the Origin and Growth of the Art of War from the Earliest Times to the Battle of Ipsus, 301 BC, with a Detailed Account of the Campaigns of the Great Macedonian by Theodore Ayrault Dodge. DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 692 pages. Publisher: Da Capo Press; (1996).. Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) was incontestably one of the greatest military generals of all time and one of the most powerful personalities of antiquity. From the time he sacked Thebes and crossed the Hellespont to his death eleven years later, he conquered the entire Persian empire, including Tyre, Egypt, and Babylon, and moved on to present-day northern India and Afghanistan. He influenced the spread of Hellenism throughout the Near East and Asia, establishing many cities such as Alexandria that flourished long after his death. This classic study of Alexander, his predecessors, and his influence on the art of war remains fascinating and relevant over a hundred years after its initial publication. The classical works dealing with warfare in and before Alexander's time gave little more than bare facts of military matters; Dodge's contribution was to vividly reconstruct every major battle of Alexander's brilliant military career, provide much needed background material concerning the art of war before and during Alexander's reign, and fully illustrate his narrative with invaluable maps and charts. The result is a masterpiece of military history, and the book that inspired General J. F. C. Fuller to write his own classic study of Alexander, and one which will similarly inspire generations of future readers. CONDITION: New oversized softcover. Unblemished except VERY slight shelf wear to the covers. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Condition is entirely consistent with new stock from a bookstore environment wherein new books might show minor signs of shelfwear, consequence of simply being shelved and re-shelved. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Describes Alexander's fantastic military achievements with great skill and charm. First published in 1890, this unabridged republication spends the first 13 chapters discussing the art of war prior to Alexander's period, followed by a detailed study of the great military general and a vivid reconstruction of every major battle of his military career. Includes original hand-drawn maps. Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Ayrault Dodge (1842-1909) served in the New York Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War, seeing action at Gettysburg. His many books include "Hannibal", "The Campaign of Chancellorsville", "Caesar", "Gustavus Adolphus", and in four volumes, "Napoleon". PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: The first thirteen chapters of Theodore Ayrault Dodge's "Alexander" deal with the art of war before Alexander. It is only after this that we come to Alexander himself. Yet this is what makes this book particularly and permanently important. There have been countless books about Alexander. But most of the recent publications concentrate on his psychological peculiarities. Dodge, while not ignoring these, dwells on his fantastic military achievements; which remain, after all, Alexander's main claim to fame. Dodge does so with great skill and charm, and there are many relevant illustrations [Michael Grant]. REVIEW: Coinciding with the release of two films about Alexander by directors Oliver Stone and Baz Luhrmann, here is the classic study of Alexander, his predecessors, and his influence on the art of war, still fascinating and relevant over one hundred years after its initial publication. Dodge here vividly reconstructs every major battle of Alexander's brilliant military career, fully illustrating his narrative with invaluable maps and charts. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: This book is not a biography as much as it is a military history of the art of war during ancient times, with Alexander the Great prominently featured. This volume is the first of five (the next three also published by Da Capo Press) that the author uses to describe and prescribe the art of war. In this inaugural book, Dodge effectively defines his terms, principally the term strategy. This is important because this theme is progressed through the times and actions of Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, Gustavus Adolphus, and Napoleon. Dodge's unique contribution to the subject comes from a few unique perspectives. First, Dodge was a soldier in the Union Army. His books were all published before the turn of the 20th century. He has often physically walked the terrain, studied the topography, and diligently compares the ancient accounts with common sense observation, with some surprising conclusions. Second, Dodge concentrates on what he is qualified to judge, military operations, tactics, leadership, and morale. He is not interesting in court politics, who loved whom, or how much it cost to outfit an elephant for battle. Many times these aspects are presented, but the author makes pains to state his inability to interpret such events. What he does do is to bring to life the man, his armies, battles, and campaigns. Most of all, the reader gets the sense of the Great Captain's position in the military story of man. Dodge's style is crisp, entertaining, humorous at times, and always provocative as he inevitably compares ancient military practices with those that he was familiar with, 19th century America. The whole series is an exceptionally valuable reference for the history enthusiast. REVIEW: It's good to see the works of Dodge in print again. His six volumes chronicling the history and development of warfare were classics of their kind. Written in the 1880's, these books still have a lot to say about this subject. Granted some of the information on the organization and tactics of ancient armies may be somewhat dated. Also Dodge's somewhat jaundiced view toward Asian non-western armies may seem a bit out of date in these hyper-politically correct times, but his opinions are always insightful and interesting. What makes this history of Alexander different is the background development of ancient warfare leading up to his time, as well as the purely military analysis. The reader gets a first-rate discussion of military development and innovation before his time which places the Macedonian army and Alexander in greater perspective. You won't find this kind of depth in many other histories on Alexander. Other than JFC Fuller's analysis on Alexander's generalship, there are precious few works that devote much time to this most important aspect of his life. Whatever else Alexander was, and he remains many different things to different people, he was, first and foremost, a great military genius. This is what we should remember him most for. Many more recent works often forget this important aspect, and place too much emphasis on his character. Many biographers try to read too much into his actions, and have their own agendas to pursue in discussing Alexander's actions. This must have been so in Dodge's day as well as he often comments on this tendency. One of the great things about Dodge is his often candid and frank observations. His writing style is also smooth and elegant. Too bad more historians today don't have this style of elegance anymore. Dodge avoids most of the controversial aspects surrounding Alexander's life, although he will often mention them in passing and offer a brief opinion. The reader is constantly reminded that this is a military analysis of the great Macedonian, not a biographical one. While Dodge's view is decidedly pro-Alexander, he does acknowledge some of the darker aspects of his character. The reader is left to make his own judgment about these matters. Like Arrian, Dodge tries to stick to the matter at hand, and throughout maintains a solid and consistent narrative. The maps and diagrams provided may seem inadequate by today's standards, but they are numerous and very helpful in trying to understand Alexander's battles and campaigns. More works on Alexander should have maps like this. Dodge provides a fine military narrative of Alexander. You won't find any mention of the deviant sides of his character, which is so popular today. Dodge's work is an excellent companion to any modern day biography of Alexander. You won't find any better discussion of the military aspects of his life than in these pages. Highly recommended for all interested in ancient warfare and the development of military conflict in general. REVIEW: This is a great book which I would highly recommend for the casual student of ancient history. Mr. Dodge wrote the book shortly after the American Civil War. Some of his facts relating to marginal issues are incorrect, such as ancient Egyptian timelines, but this does not detract from his compelling narrative and analysis of Alexander the Great. You'll probably find yourself rereading the chapters on Alexander's stunning victories in battle. Although the book is somewhat long, I can bet you'll soon be scouring AMZ for related texts. Check out Dodge's books on Caesar and Hannibal, as well as Fuller's book on Alexander. REVIEW: Alexander by Theodore Dodge is a beautifully written book that delves into all relevant areas relating to Alexander's fight to spread Hellenism. The book gives detailed and unequivocal accounts of his great battles. It also gives one a good understanding of what military technology was available to Alexander at the time. It also focuses on the enemies of Alexander and their military strengths and developments. It is amazing how his work can still remain an authoritative source after 100 years since its first publication. This shows what a great book it is and what an objective writer Theodore Dodge truly is. I have also read Hannibal and Caesar by the same author, and I find them equally great. REVIEW: Here Mr. Dodge has broken down Alexander into the general that all can understand. I myself have been to Granicus, Issus, Tyre, and Gugamela. I consider myself lucky to have seen where Alexander won great victories and Mr. Dodge show how these battles unfolded and how Alexander exploited the Persians at every battle they met. Shows Darius as he really was: a coward and not much of a leader. Alexander is complex but very shallow in according to Mr. Dodge. Dodge does an excellent job explaining warfare and tactics of the period. He doesn't focus on the personal peculiarities and deviations of the people involved as do modern books. 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