The War That Killed Achilles The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/28/2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Books

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"Spectacular and constantly surprising." -Ken Burns Written with the authority of a scholar and the vigor of a bestselling narrative historian, The War That Killed Achillesis a superb and utterly timely presentation of one of the timeless stories of Western civilization. As she did in The Enduranceand The Bounty, New York Timesbestselling author Caroline Alexander has taken apart a narrative we think we know and put it back together in a way that lets us see its true power. In the process, she reveals the intended theme of Homer's masterwork-the tragic lessons of war and its enduring devastation.

Author Biography

Caroline Alexander is the author of the international bestsellers The Endurance and The Bounty. She has written for National Geographic, The New Yorker, Smithsonian and Outside. She lives in New Hampshire.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Note to the Readerp. xvii
Map: Landscape of the Trojan Warp. xviii
The Things They Carriedp. 1
Chain of Commandp. 16
Terms of Engagementp. 39
Enemy Linesp. 64
Land of My Fathersp. 83
In God We Trustp. 106
Man Downp. 123
No Hostagesp. 149
The Death of Hektorp. 174
Everlasting Gloryp. 192
Acknowledgmentsp. 227
Notesp. 229
Selected Further Readingp. 273
Indexp. 279
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