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  • Title: Tides of War
  • Author: Steven Pressfield
  • ISBN: 9780553381399
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Paperback
  • Brilliant at war, a master of politics, and a charismatic lover, Alcibiades was Athens favorite son and the city s greatest general.A prodigal follower of Socrates, he embodied both the best and the worst of the Golden Age of Greece A commander on both land and sea, he led his armies to victory after victory.But like the heroes in a great Greek tragedy, he was a victim oBrilliant at war, a master of politics, and a charismatic lover, Alcibiades was Athens favorite son and the city s greatest general.A prodigal follower of Socrates, he embodied both the best and the worst of the Golden Age of Greece A commander on both land and sea, he led his armies to victory after victory.But like the heroes in a great Greek tragedy, he was a victim of his own pride, arrogance, excess, and ambition Accused of crimes against the state, he was banished from his beloved Athens, only to take up arms in the service of his former enemies.For nearly three decades, Greece burned with war and Alcibiades helped bring victories to both sides and ended up trusted by neither.Narrated from death row by Alcibiades bodyguard and assassin, a man whose own love and loathing for his former commander mirrors the mixed emotions felt by all Athens, Tides of War tells an epic saga of an extraordinary century, a war that changed history, and a complex leader who seduced a nation.
    Tides of War Brilliant at war a master of politics and a charismatic lover Alcibiades was Athens favorite son and the city s greatest general A prodigal follower of Socrates he embodied both the best and the w

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    1. The story is framed by Grandfather Jason s narration His grandson asks who he thinks is the noblest of the Greeks Alcibiades, Grandfather answers immediately Grandson asks who he thinks is his most unforgettable character Polemides, the son of Niciase man who assassinated Alcibiades, Grandfather replies Thus begins Grandfather s narration, which is italicized It alternates with Polemides s narration, which is set in a regular serif typeface Polemides, erstwhile captain of marines, is in prison a [...]

    2. This is an inspiring book It s also a great big sloppy train wreck of a book Normally it s fun to trash a book as awful as this one, but TIDES OF WAR is a very special case Steven Pressfield wrote GATES OF FIRE first, and it s a classic GATES OF FIRE is all about Spartans, while TIDES OF WAR is all about Athenians It s not hard to see why a conservative Vietnam War veteran like Pressfield intuitively grasps Spartan discipline and totally fails to capture the greatness of Athenian democracy But t [...]

    3. mp3Read by George Guidell Peloponnesian Wars Athens v Peloponnesian League fronted by SpartaStarring Alcebiades on Death Row From wiki c 450 404 BC , was a prominent Athenian statesman, orator, and general He was the last famous member of his mother s aristocratic family, the Alcmaeonidae, which fell from prominence after the Peloponnesian War He played a major role in the second half of that conflict as a strategic advisor, military commander, and politicianhe was a tricky customer.This became [...]

    4. This requires one to be a little bit of a history geek It s an epic set in the Peloponnesian War The narration style can be a bit confusing, and some momentum is lost by the end, but the characters are intriguing, and Pressfield s writing style falls somewhere comfortably between classical and modern The chapter detailing the disastrous Athenian invasion of Sicily is mesmerizing, and pretty much worth the whole read.

    5. Tides of War is a good historical novel However, it s for readers that can tolerate a complex narrative that describes events over the 27 year span of the Peloponnesian War 431 to 404 BCE The story is told through three narrators a man interviewing his grandfather Jason who in turn was a lawyer who many years earlier represented Polymides who was a close confidant of Alcibiades In other words, it s a description of an interview in which an older person is describing earlier conversations with st [...]

    6. Bought this at a library cast off yard sale, thinking it would fit into my genre of historical fiction which I can both enjoy and learn something from however unlike most of that type of novel I ve read, I knew almost nothing about the subject the Peloponnesian Wars , having only covered it briefly in high school history as another example of Sparta vs Athens.And at first, I thought I d made a big mistake it was a very slow start, with cumbersome language, difficult names of both people and plac [...]

    7. Steven Pressfield tells the story of the heroes of war in ancient Greece with considerable skill and a sense for the detail and ambiance of the time in his book Tides of War The story is told by Jason, who is defending both Socrates and Polemides, the man who is accused of murdering Alcibiades.In many ways this tragic story is one of great insight regarding the role heroes of the day play in our lives Alcibiades, a leading general of Greece, was vastly influential in the tides of the Peloponnesi [...]

    8. It took me quite a while to work out whether I liked this book or not Certainly the pace is slower than Pressfield s epic Gates of fire , but that in itself is no major issue Tales worth retelling have their own pace and rhythm and should not, therefore, be rushed.POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNINGHistorical fiction is a genre plagued by spoilers There is no mystery to the outcome of the Pelopponesian war or fate of Athens Likewise, the rises and falls of Alcibiades star will not prove mysterious to anyon [...]

    9. I may pick up this book again sometime It doesn t seem bad Rather, it s just very daunting This book was one of the many we could pick off of a reading list for my college history class The professor justified assigning this fictional story because it has a great amount of detail invested in what Greek culture, military and the experience of her people was like with incredible accuracy And she s right It s excellent in that regard.What this book isn t for is the layman It s incredible amount of [...]

    10. One of the most loved and hated at the same time personalities of Ancient Athens, Alcibiades, is the main character of this book A great leader with great ambition The book is fast paced and describes in an enjoyable manner the character of this man and his achievements through the eyes of his friend and co warrior It also provides a good context which help us understand why Athenians both hated and loved Alcibiades And as Steven Pressfield always does even the fictional characters and events th [...]

    11. Pressfield is a phenomenal writer I m re reading this, and it holds up well 20 years after my first encounter The story is eerily relevant rich, charismatic Svengali talks Athens into some very poorly thought out adventures, and the little people pay the price Remind you of anyone

    12. It moves too slowly for me and I lose interest too quickly I think I started reading this book a few years ago I put it down after a few chapters and haven t picked it back up I still look at it from time to time, but rather read something else

    13. I can honestly say that I gave the book a fair chance but I m not likely to finish it, so there it is a DNF Utter disappointment after Gates of Fire.

    14. Pressfield is hard to fault in this historical fiction centred around the Athenian general Alcibiades If I have any criticism, it is of the format, where one narrator is written entirely in italics for pages at a time, and the reader must be constantly on guard to remember which narrator is at work, and to plow through the italicised text without giving up in despair I was fortunate to have read Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War before reading Tides of War, and this work fills in many [...]

    15. A fantastic historical fiction of the life and times of the great Alcibiades.Sparta and Athens The Peloponnesian War The precipitation of the fall of what might have been a true Grecian Empire to rival Rome.And it all ends with Pressfield s usual poignant style of conclusion that leaves you wistful for a different age I, too, was held by this apparition, unable to turn apart until he had vanished along the avenue of holm oak, whose blossom yields that scarlet dye which ever colors the soldier s [...]

    16. Fascinating look at Pelloponesian war with bland and forgetable characters Alcibiades was a fascinating figure only in concept, unfortunately, Pressfield failed to make me have any feelings for him Same goes for Pommo I had real trouble finishing this book For my history loving self, it was a great look at this part of ancient Greece history My good book loving self liked it the least from all the Pressfield s books Shame.

    17. Con Vientos de Guerra, Steven Pressfield regresa a la Grecia cl sica que tan buenos resultados le dio en Puertas de Fuego, y el resultado es igual de excelente Aunque me cost meterme en la historia, esta historia novelada de Alcibiades en la guerra del Peloponeso es tan bueno que al final del libro estaba enganchado de forma irremediable Muy buenas las descripciones de las batallas y, sobre todo, esos di logos que capturan perfectamente la poca y sus valores Me ha encantado.

    18. A tough read in terms of following battle sequences, but overall action filled and interesting I did find that the names were tough to follow with many of them being similar enough maybe others wouldn t have this issue though.

    19. An unexpected tale of Alchiviadis character I liked the way Pressfield gave the man a human approach rather the legendary general we all have heard about I expected a narrative based on Plato s Symposium though.

    20. Although I felt this story dragged a bit in places, it was a good read and an enjoyable retelling of the Peloponnesian Wars.

    21. Steven Pressfield s Tides of War is an excellent novel The book is well written and the world that Pressfield creates within the book s pages is populated by fascinating men and events The narrative drives relentlessly forward, plunging the reader head long into one of the most violent struggles ever witnessed This tale is not for the faint of heart Easily, Pressfield is at his best when describing combat His description of Mantinea, as well as the telling of the night assault on Epipolae, are t [...]

    22. Steven Pressfield s Tides of War is an excellent novel The book is well written and the world that Pressfield creates within the book s pages is populated by fascinating men and events The narrative drives relentlessly forward, plunging the reader head long into one of the most violent struggles ever witnessed This tale is not for the faint of heart Easily, Pressfield is at his best when describing combat His description of Mantinea, as well as the telling of the night assault on Epipolae, are t [...]

    23. This book is definitely not for the faint of heart Also as a warning it is mostly told from a soldier s point of view and has all of the attendant language that you would expect from a soldier But I really enjoyed this book It is the story of the Peloponnesian War, the 27 year war between Sparta and Athens and specifically about the Athenian General Alcibiades The story is told by one Jason who was a student of Socrates and a leading figure in Athenian political life who was also somewhat of a l [...]

    24. Sometimes you just have to keep at it In today s world of bling images many of our traditional basic senses have been anesthestized One of them has been the ability to concentrate and turn written words into fantastic mental images and create goose bumps or strike a concordance with an inner thought or emotion we have I am sorry that the other two reviewers did not find this author s literary effort up to the task of getting them interested Mr Pressfield is a brillant writer whose research and [...]

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