At 20, Alexander led an army of 50,000. He defeated armies five times the size of his own, leading the most dangerous charges himself.
He conquered most of the known world but left thousands of people dead or enslaved. In Persia he was known as Alexander the Accursed.
Was he a brilliant warrior or a ruthless invader?
“The research is prodigious and the story set out in fine detail — there is much here to inform the adult reader, too… Wilkinson is a fine writer, clearly fascinated by the ancient world.”
“Wilkinson takes the risk of following a fragmentary first person narrative by Alexander with explanatory text. It works…”
“The story offers insights into a time, a people and a leader that are both vastly different from our own world and at the same time remarkably similar.”