Friday, April 13, 2007

Life of Alexander

Author: Plutarch

Quote: It is said that his father wept for joy, and, when he dismounted, kissed him, saying, "My son, seek for a kingdom worthy of yourself: for Macedonia will not hold you."

Why you should read this book: High on the list of people who led unbelievably remarkable lives, Alexander the Great long ago transcended history to achieve near-mythological status. Believing it his destiny to rule the world, he acted at all times with fierce determination and belief in himself. Plutarch gives us the details of his campaigns in Greece, Persia, and India as well as the inspiring stories of his dealings with incorrigible horses, stately oracles, and the Gordian knot.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You experience traumatic flashbacks from high school Latin.

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