Friday, 15 March 2013

Gates of Fire - Steven Pressfield

Title: Gates of Fire
Author: Steven Pressfield
Publisher: Bantam
Pages: 384

Content: This book is a novel (historical fiction) account of the Battle of Thermopylae. Written from the perspective of the last survivor of the Spartan warriors who defended the pass while he is in the custody of the Persians, it speaks of the hardships and challenges of the Spartan military life and culture. Extremely well written and eminently readable, its strength lies in its examination of individual leadership under adverse conditions and the methods used to develop incredible unit cohesion and morale in order to overcome the stress of extreme hardship and combat. Mandatory reading for the USMC Officer Corps this book represents an excellent rendition of what motivates soldiers, both collectively and individually, to unbelievable feats of bravery and accomplishment.

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