Tuesday, March 22, 2011


By Harold Lamb

Harold Lamb began his career writing historical fiction for top quality pulp magazines like Adventure and Argosy. In the process he became an expert on history and became known for his biographies of noted conquerors such as Genghis Khan, Hannibal, and Sulemein the Magnificent. In this work he tackles the life of Alexander the Great. The story is part novel, part straight history. In fact, it is far more novelistic in the opening chapters than the later parts as if Lamb found the family life of Alexander easier to treat in detail while the conquests and journeys called for a historian’s broad brush.

For myself, Alexander is a subject that never gets old. Lamb's biography of Alexander is an entertaining interpretation of the conqueror.

-Dave Hardy

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