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Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date May 2, 2006
Pages 418
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780385513111
ISBN-10 0385513119
Dimensions 1.50 by 6.50 by 9.75 in.
Weight 1.70 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $27.50
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
A defintive account of the clash between two powerful and influential civilizations describes the epic struggle between the Persians and the Greeks in 480 BC and assesses the implications of that war in terms of the history of the West in light of the Greek victory at Salamis. 25,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In 480 B.C., Xerxes, the King of Persia, led an invasion of mainland Greece. Its success should have been a formality. For seventy years, victory—rapid, spectacular victory—had seemed the birthright of the Persian Empire. In the space of a single generation, they had swept across the Near East, shattering ancient kingdoms, storming famous cities, putting together an empire which stretched from India to the shores of the Aegean. As a result of those conquests, Xerxes ruled as the most powerful man on the planet. Yet somehow, astonishingly, against the largest expeditionary force ever assembled, the Greeks of the mainland managed to hold out. The Persians were turned back. Greece remained free. Had the Greeks been defeated in the epochal naval battle at Salamis, not only would the West have lost its first struggle for independence and survival, but it is unlikely that there would ever have been such an entity as the West at all.

Tom Holland’s brilliant new book describes the very first “clash of Empires” between East and West. As he did in the critically praised Rubicon, he has found extraordinary parallels between the ancient world and our own. There is no other popular history that takes in the entire sweep of the Persian Wars, and no other classical historian, academic or popular, who combines scholarly rigor with novelistic depth with a worldly irony in quite the fashion that Tom Holland does.

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Hardcover
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from Doubleday (May 2, 2006)
9780385513111 | details & prices | 418 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.50 in. | 1.70 lbs | List price $27.50
About: An account of the clash between two powerful civilizations describes the epic struggle between the Persians and the Greeks in 480 BC and assesses the implications of that war in terms of the history of the West in light of the Greek victory at Salamis.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780307279484 Book cover for 9780349117171
 
Reprint edition from Anchor Books (June 12, 2007)
9780307279484 | details & prices | 418 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $16.95
About: A defintive account of the clash between two powerful and influential civilizations describes the epic struggle between the Persians and the Greeks in 480 BC and assesses the implications of that war in terms of the history of the West in light of the Greek victory at Salamis.
from Gardners Books (August 3, 2006)
9780349117171 | details & prices | 418 pages | 5.00 × 7.75 × 1.25 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $18.00
About: A brilliant new account of the world's very first clash of civilisations between the Persians and the Greeks in 480BC.

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