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Alexander of Macedon

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Title:Alexander of Macedon
Lamb, Harold   
(1 of 6 for author by title)
The Crusades (Volume 1) Iron Men and Saints
Published:   1946
Publisher:Doubleday & Company, Inc.
Tags:biography, fiction, Greek, historical

In a breathless tale of the extraordinary Alexander the Great, a master storyteller recreates the high drama which was this infamous demi-god's life. Here is the handsome young prince who chose books over the beautiful young women and men sent to tempt him; the youthful conqueror who ordered bloody massacres but grew sick with self-loathing afterward; the brilliant general who battled his way into the unknown to learn the mysteries of life; the ascetic who brought his people richness and luxury beyond their wildest dreams; the despot who, in a dozen years, altered the entire thrust of history; the heir to a kingdom no mortal had ever before dared to claim.

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Pages:338 Info

Author Bio for Lamb, Harold

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Harold Lamb (1892-1962)

Born in Alpine, New Jersey, he attended Columbia University, where his interest in the peoples and history of Asia began. Lamb built a career with his writing from an early age. He got his start in the pulp magazines, quickly moving to the prestigious Adventure magazine, his primary fiction outlet for nineteen years. In 1927 he wrote a biography of Genghis Khan, and following on its success turned more and more to the writing of non-fiction, penning numerous biographies and popular history books until his death in 1962. The success of Lamb's two volume history of the Crusades led to his discovery by Cecil B. DeMille, who employed Lamb as a technical advisor on a related movie, The Crusades, and used him as a screenwriter on many other DeMille movies thereafter. Lamb spoke French, Latin, Persian, and Arabic, and, by his own account, a smattering of Manchu-Tartar. This allowed him to use source documents in their original language for many of his historical novels such as Tamerlane and Genghis Khan.

Sources: haroldlamb.com, goodreads.com

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