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Tides Of War

by Steven Pressfield
Read by Derek Jacobi

Random House Audio Publishing Group | April 4, 2000 | Audio Book (Cassette)

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Four cassettes, 6 hours
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Plutarch, Plato, and Thucydides have all immortalized Alcibiades (ca. 450-404 b.c.) as a peerless general and conqueror on sea and land, whom the tides of war and fortune always favored. Raised as a ward of Pericles, he was later a protégé of Socrates, and inevitably compared to the legendary Achilles. The destinies of Alcibiades and Athens were inextricably intertwined; the man and the city-state mirrored each other''s boldness, ambition, and the fatal flaws that were their undoing.

When allied, Alcibiades and Athens were unbeatable. When divided, he led Sparta and Persia to glory. At the end of his life, in exile from all factions, Alcibiades was shunned by his countrymen in their most desperate hour. Athens would rather fall than be led by its most brilliant leader. Narrated by Alcibiades'' trusted bodyguard and hired assassin in a mesmerizing death-row confession, TIDES OF WAR is epic historical fiction at its finest--a full-bodied, flesh-and-blood retelling of one of history''s pivotal conflicts.

Format: Audio Book (Cassette)

Dimensions: 7.05 × 4.47 × 1.2 in

Published: April 4, 2000

Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553527312

ISBN - 13: 9780553527315

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Tides Of War

by Steven Pressfield
Read by Derek Jacobi

Format: Audio Book (Cassette)

Dimensions: 7.05 × 4.47 × 1.2 in

Published: April 4, 2000

Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553527312

ISBN - 13: 9780553527315

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I My Grandfather Jason My grandfather, Jason the son of Alexicles of the district of Alopece, died just before sunset on the fourteenth day of Boedromion, one year past, two months prior to his ninety-second birthday. He was the last of that informal but fiercely devoted circle of comrades and friends who attended the philosopher Socrates. The span of my grandfather’s years ran from the imperial days of Pericles, the construction of the Parthenon and Erechtheum, through the Great Plague, the rise and fall of Alcibiades, and the full tenure of that calamitous twenty-seven-year conflagration called in our city the Spartan War and known throughout greater Greece, as recorded by the historian Thucydides, as the Peloponnesian War. As a young man my grandfather served as a sail lieutenant at Sybota, Potidaea, and Scione and later in the East as a trierarch and squadron commander at the battles of Bitch’s Tomb, Abydos (for which he was awarded the prize of valor and incidentally lost an eye and the use of his right leg), and the Arginousai Islands. As a private citizen he spoke out in the Assembly, alone save Euryptolemus and Axiochus, against the mob in defense of the Ten Generals. In his years he buried two wives and eleven children. He served his city from her peak of preeminence, mistress of two hundred tributary states, to the hour of her vanquishment at the hands of her most inclement foes. In short he was a man who not only witnessed but participated in most of th
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Four cassettes, 6 hours
Read by Derek Jacobi

Plutarch, Plato, and Thucydides have all immortalized Alcibiades (ca. 450-404 b.c.) as a peerless general and conqueror on sea and land, whom the tides of war and fortune always favored. Raised as a ward of Pericles, he was later a protégé of Socrates, and inevitably compared to the legendary Achilles. The destinies of Alcibiades and Athens were inextricably intertwined; the man and the city-state mirrored each other''s boldness, ambition, and the fatal flaws that were their undoing.

When allied, Alcibiades and Athens were unbeatable. When divided, he led Sparta and Persia to glory. At the end of his life, in exile from all factions, Alcibiades was shunned by his countrymen in their most desperate hour. Athens would rather fall than be led by its most brilliant leader. Narrated by Alcibiades'' trusted bodyguard and hired assassin in a mesmerizing death-row confession, TIDES OF WAR is epic historical fiction at its finest--a full-bodied, flesh-and-blood retelling of one of history''s pivotal conflicts.

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Four cassettes, 6 hours
Read by Derek Jacobi

Plutarch, Plato, and Thucydides have all immortalized Alcibiades (ca. 450-404 b.c.) as a peerless general and conqueror on sea and land, whom the tides of war and fortune always favored. Raised as a ward of Pericles, he was later a protégé of Socrates, and inevitably compared to the legendary Achilles. The destinies of Alcibiades and Athens were inextricably intertwined; the man and the city-state mirrored each other's boldness, ambition, and the fatal flaws that were their undoing.

When allied, Alcibiades and Athens were unbeatable. When divided, he led Sparta and Persia to glory. At the end of his life, in exile from all factions, Alcibiades was shunned by his countrymen in their most desperate hour. Athens would rather fall than be led by its most brilliant leader. Narrated by Alcibiades' trusted bodyguard and hired assassin in a mesmerizing death-row confession, TIDES OF WAR is epic historical fiction at its finest--a full-bodied, flesh-and-blood retelling of one of history's pivotal conflicts.

About the Author

Steven Pressfieldis the author of the international bestseller, Gates of Fire, an epic novel of the battle of Thermopylae.  He has shown a remarkable diversity in his writing career.  His debut, The Legend of Bagger Vance, was a golf novel that is currently in production as a feature film directed by Robert Redford and starring Matt Damon, Will Smith, and Charlize Theron.  As a screenwriter, Pressfield has penned the screenplays for Total Recall, Hard to Kill, and Above the Law as well as numerous others.  He makes his home in Malibu, California.


Editorial Reviews

Praise for Tides of War : "Pressfield''s attention to historic detail is exquisite, but he shines brightest in his graphic and brutal descriptions of battle and its horrific affects on soldier and civilian alike. This novel will remain with the reader long after the final chapter is finished." -- Library Journal "Pressfield is a masterful storyteller, especially adept in his graphic and embracing  descriptions of the land and naval battles, political intrigues and colorful personalities, which come together in an intense and credible portrait of war-torn Greece." -- Publishers Weekly "On every page are color, splendor, sorrow, the unforgiving details of battle, daily life, and of the fighter''s lot. Unabashedly brilliant, epic, intelligent, and moving." -- Kirkus Reviews "As he did in Gates of Fire ...Pressfield serves up not just hair-raising battle scenes...but many moments of valor  and valor and cowardice, lust and bawdy humor. Even more impressively, he delivers a nuanced portrait of ancient Athens, complete with political skullduggery, overarching ambitions, and reflections on the nature of leadership and the pitfalls of imperialism." -- Esquire Praise for Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae "Pressfield''s powerful, historically accurate novel explores Spartan society and the nature of courage without ever losing its narrative momentum." -- The New Yorker "A first-rate story
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