Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
By Steven Pressfield
Why this book?
Steven Pressfield writes one heck of a war novel, but it is how he captures the warrior ethos and spirit, brotherhood, and honor that make his novels must-reads. In Gates of Fire, we follow the famous 300 Spartans (and allies) at the Battle of Thermopylae as they stand against the incredibly massive army of the Persian Emperor Xerxes through the eyes of a Spartan servant/squire. Written long before the Spartan mythos took control of pop culture, this novel features the best fictional depiction of the most famous last stand in history. If you have any interest in ancient Greek warfare and culture, Pressfield will make it worth your time.
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