Peloponnesian War  -     By: Donald Kagan
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Peloponnesian War

Penguin Books / 2003 / Paperback

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Based on his four-volume History of the Peloponnesian War, Donald Kagan is back with a single, comprehensive volume covering the events of the Peloponnesian War. This war was a period of brutality and destruction in the Greek world that was completely unprecedented. However, in a time that was made for the rise and fall of military and political heroes, Kagan only gives us men who did what they thought was right at the time. Readers will be able to sympathize with such reasoning, which will provoke even greater thought and understanding in contemporary readers.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 544
Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 8.44 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0142004375
ISBN-13: 9780142004371

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Publisher's Description

For three decades in the fifth century b.c. the ancient world was torn apart by a conflict that was as dramatic, divisive, and destructive as the world wars of the twentieth century: the Peloponnesian War. Donald Kagan, one of the world’s most respected classical, political, and military historians, here presents a new account of this vicious war of Greek against Greek, Athenian against Spartan. The Peloponnesian War is a magisterial work of history written for general readers, offering a fresh examination of a pivotal moment in Western civilization. With a lively, readable narrative that conveys a richly detailed portrait of a vanished world while honoring its timeless relevance, The Peloponnesian War is a chronicle of the rise and fall of a great empire and of a dark time whose lessons still resonate today.

Author Bio

Donald Kagan is Sterling Professor of Classics and History at Yale University. His four-volume History of the Peloponnesian War is the leading scholarly work on the subject. He is also the author of many books on ancient and modern topics.

Editorial Reviews

"The best account [of the Peloponnesian War] now available." —Los Angeles Times Book Review

"A fresh, clear and fast-moving account... for general readers." —The New York Times Book Review

"Drawing on incomparable knowledge as a classicist, international relations theorist and military historian, Donald Kagan... has devoted a single volume to guiding us through that epic of miscalculation, hubris and strategic overreach, supplyingsupplemental observations and correctives to Thucydides’ classic History of the Peloponnesian War." —The Washington Post


The best account [of the Peloponnesian War] now available. (Los Angeles Times Book Review) A fresh, clear and fast-moving account... for general readers. (The New York Times Book Review) Drawing on incomparable knowledge as a classicist, international relations theorist and military historian, Donald Kagan... has devoted a single volume to guiding us through that epic of miscalculation, hubris and strategic overreach, supplying supplemental observations and correctives to Thucydides’ classic History of the Peloponnesian War. (The Washington Post)

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