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Ghengis Khan: Wolf Of The PlainsI made mention recently of Conn Iggulden’s “Genghis” trilogy (Wolf of the Plains, Lords of the Bow, Bones of the Hills) in a recent club discussion about the movie “Mongol”. I’ve also recently read a few books by Stephen Pressfield. One is “Gates of Fire“, a retelling of Thermopylae in 480BC, which I grabbed from the library having listened to an audio lecture series given by Garret Fagan in which he referred to this book as being quite evocative in exploring the nature of hoplite warfare…

Thermopylae: Gates Of Fire…it certainly is gritty in its descriptions of the fighting and dying. I read a couple more that were set during Alexander’s campaigns in the East. One, “The Afghan Campaign” (Bactria, Sogdiana?), I found quite topical, especially the various characters’ explanations/rationalisations of the behaviours of the tribal Afghans. I know many of you are cautious that the fiction does not assume prominence over the history in your choices of this kind of stuff but I can recommend this author as a good read.

Author: Ivan Truong (Club President)

Alexander: The Afghan CampaignGhenghis Khan: Lords Of The BowGhenghis Khan: Bones Of The Hills

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