The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War

The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War

by Caroline Alexander


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"Spectacular and constantly surprising."
-Ken Burns

Written with the authority of a scholar and the vigor of a bestselling narrative historian, The War That Killed Achilles is a superb and utterly timely presentation of one of the timeless stories of Western civilization. As she did in The Endurance and The Bounty, New York Times bestselling author Caroline Alexander has taken apart a narrative we think we know and put it back together in a way that lets us see its true power. In the process, she reveals the intended theme of Homer's masterwork-the tragic lessons of war and its enduring devastation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143118268
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 316,259
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Caroline Alexander has written for The New Yorker, Granta, Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian, Outside, and National Geographic and is the author of four previous books.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Note to the Reader xvii

Map: Landscape of the Trojan War xviii

The Things They Carried 1

Chain of Command 16

Terms of Engagement 39

Enemy Lines 64

Land of My Fathers 83

In God We Trust 106

Man Down 123

No Hostages 149

The Death of Hektor 174

Everlasting Glory 192

Acknowledgments 227

Notes 229

Selected Further Reading 273

Index 279

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