Persian Fire : The First World Empire, Battle for the West
by Tom Holland
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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In 480 before d-cXerxes, King of Persia, led to an invasion of continental Greece.His success should have been a formality.Seventy years old, the rapid victory, spectacular victory had seemed like the birthright of the Persian Empire.In the space of a single generation, they had swept through the Near East, breaking the ancient kingdoms, invading famous cities, to put together an empire that extended from India, on the banks of the Aegean Sea.As a result of these conquests, Xerxes ruled that the most powerful man on the planetAnd yet, surprisingly, the report to the largest expeditionary force ever assembled, the Greeks of the continent managed to hold on to the largest expeditionary force ever assembled.The Persians were turned backGreece has remained freeTo the Greeks was defeated in Salamis, not only did the West lose its first battle for independence and survival, but it is unlikely that there would never have been such an entity and that the whole West would never have been able to win.Tom Holland is brilliant new book describes the first “clash of Empires” between East and West.Once again, he found extraordinary parallels between the ancient world and ours.There is no popular book competition describing these events
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