The Virtues of War : A Novel of Alexander the Great

Version: Abridged
Author: Steven Pressfield
Narrator: James Langton
Genres: History, Fiction & Literature, Literature
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: October 2004
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. So begins Alexander's extraordinary confession on the eve of his greatest crisis of leadership. By turns heroic and calculating, compassionate and utterly merciless, Alexander recounts with a warrior's unflinching eye for detail the blood, the terror, and the tactics of his greatest battlefield victories. Whether surviving his father's brutal assassination, presiding over a massacre, or weeping at the death of a beloved comrade-in-arms, Alexander never denies the hard realities of the code by which he lives: the virtues of war. But as much as he was feared by his enemies, he was loved and revered by his friends, his generals, and the men who followed him into battle. Often outnumbered, never outfought, Alexander conquered every enemy the world stood against him–but the one he never saw coming. . . .

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Reviews (5)

Virtues of War

Written by Judith B on February 18th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The book describes Alexander's rise to power, his genius at war strategy, and several of his important battles. I found it engrossing.

I enjoyed it

Written by RL on September 27th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed this audio book very much.It put you right in the mist of all the advents that made Alexander great.

v of w

Written by Lee Werley from Chapel Hill, NC on June 5th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I enjoy this type of book. Good story but too many Greek names that meant nothing to me. I also would have like more stradegy and battle plans.

Great book

Written by Alex Taylor on April 12th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book told fictionally from Alexander's perspective as Alexander. (He never wrote a biography). Fantastic character voices, clear sound, well produced. Highly recommended especially if you're a classic history buff. War is the anvil upon which history is forged, and nobody waged and won wars like Alexander did.


Written by Anonymous on June 22nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I found this book fascinating. The reading is very good with different voices for different characters and the story draws you in right from the start. It was one of those rare books that kept me sitting in my driveway for a long time after arriving home.

Author Details

Author Details

Pressfield, Steven

Steven Pressfield has been an enthusiastic golfer since the age of ten. He is the author of the novel "Gates of Fire" and a well-known screenwriter whose screenplays include "Above the Law" and "Freejack." He lives in the Los Angeles area.