Thursday, April 6, 2017

Review of The Madness of Alexander the Great: And the Myth of Military Genius by Richard A. Gabriel

Author:  Richard A. Gabriel.
Title:  The Madness of Alexander the Great:  And the Myth of Military Genius.
Publisher:  Pen and Sword.
Copyright:  2015.
Pages:  224.

Overview and Impressions:
I'm no fan of Alexander the Great.  He died like most tyrants drinking himself to death.  According to the author, Alexander had a lot of emotional baggage that eventually unhinged him.  He couldn't trust anyone and saw conspiracies around him.  Alexander only felt relief in combat and wanted a heroic death in place of his miserable existence.

I'll give the author that Alexander was brave and reckless.  However, he didn't plan out his strategies too well.  Once he couldn't conquer the known world, Alexander turned his back on the people that help put him in power.  I could go on....

However, I won't.  The book is interested to think that Alexander the Great suffered from PTSD.  It's a better theory that someone inner city high teacher saying Alexander the Great died from AIDS!

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