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The Peloponnesian War

The Peloponnesian War
Author: Donald Kagan
ISBN 13: 9780142004371
ISBN 10: 142004375
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2004-04-27
Format: Paperback
Pages: 544
List Price: $20.00

Giving all due respect to Thucydides, Kagan (classics and history, Yale U.) decided that a new account was needed of the three-decade war between the Athenian Empire and the Spartan Alliance at the end of the fifth century BC that changed the Greek world and its civilization forever. He includes maps both of regions and of specific battles. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The New York Times

In his preface Kagan speaks of his intention to produce ''a readable narrative.'' One feature that makes it eminently readable is its division into short chapters, which facilitates reference and selection. It is also handsomely furnished with something essential to a history of this war: maps, over a score of them, all clearly printed and complete and situated just where you need them. It is the final element in the construction of what he aims at: ''a readable narrative in a single volume to be read by the general reader.'' — Bernard Knox