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Summary

A joint biography that investigates how, during their lifetimes, Philip and Alexander transformed Macedon from a weak kingdom into a globe-spanning empire.

During his short life Alexander the Great carved out an empire stretching from the Balkans to Central India, re-drawing the map of the ancient world. Yet Alexander represents only half of the story, for his success was not just the product of his own genius, restless energy and ambition, but was built on decades of effort by his father. History has portrayed Philip II of Macedon as an old man, one-eyed and limping, whose convenient assassination allowed Alexander the Great to come to power. But there was far more to him than this. Through decades of hard fighting, clever diplomacy and sheer determination, Philip unified his country and conquered Greece.

As authoritative as it is accessible, Philip and Alexander is the latest in a much-praised sequence of essential histories of the ancient world from a master historian.

©2020 Adrian Goldsworthy (P)2020 W F Howes

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Very detailed, but easy to listen to!

I was a little nervous about listening to this book, having heard about it's length and apparent dryness, but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. The first half is devoted to Philip of Macadon, a fascinating person in his own right, who deserves much more modern attention. The second half focuses on the more well known Alexander the Great, and it does a wonderful job of clearly telling what is know about him, and what isn't known.

The book has been a fascinating and enlightening journey, and one which I'm genuinely sad to have finished!

The narrator has a nice clear, surprisingly comforting voice, and delivers the book with just the right emphasis.

Perfect!

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Excellent

I Loved the history of Alexander and his father and the narrator was great.
Perfectly enjoyable.

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Brilliantly informative and thorough

This is an excellent book for anyone who’s interested in the lives of both Philip and Alexander, very thorough, and I thought that it was read very well.

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Enjoyable and thorough

I very much enjoyed this, an excellent reading by Barnaby Edwards, and a very interesting joint biography of Philip and Alexander. Goldsworthy is a thorough and scrupulous researcher and an excellent writer. I really appreciated the way he took the time to explain about what is known, what is probable, what is speculative, and what is unlikely ever to be known.

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A great narration and a clarifying story

For a seemingly historically sound familiarisation with the Macedonian monarchs; this audiobook is good and clear. I am certainly glad it is in my library! A must have for students of history …

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Great Book

Loved this book. Easy to follow along with good narration. Very interesting, especially the parts about Phillip.

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Must listen!

Really enjoyed this deep dive into both Peter and Alexander, gives a much better picture of both having the story of both included in one book.

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Great book.

Fantastically well written. Very entertaining and easy to follow. I recommend to anyone interested in this period.

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Liked it more than I thought I would

The author didn't get bogged down in too much detail and kept to a story-type narrative throughout.

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As usual, Goldsworthy is great

This was a great book. The history was awesome. Goldsworthy and Edwards do a great job!