Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire
“Gripping . . . Romm is a gifted storyteller as well as a respected scholar, and he knows that compelling history is driven by consideration of character.” —Choice “Fascinating . . . Romm’s … see full wiki
When Alexander ("the Great") died in Babylon at the age of 34, he controlled most of the known world from Greece to India, and including Africa. He more than likely intended to live much longer, for he failed to designate a successor. This well-written book recounts the struggles after Alexander's death to control his empire.
There's a lot of distrust, outright hatred, and betrayal practiced by most of his generals and others who believed that they should inherit the mantle of Alexander. Wars raged across all of the empire's lands, and slowly but surely the prospective leaders were eliminated. There were many instances of outright murder, not only of the leaders, but of the followers of these leaders, and even the female members of Alexander's family, not to mention his young surviving son.
This is history written for the reader who is interested in this era, and the story is told in language all can understand. There's nothing better than a history book that tells a good story in such a way that the reader doesn't feel that he is reading some type of work by a scholar only intended for other scholars. This is history for the masses, and good history at that.
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