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Description - Gates Of Fire by Steven Pressfield

Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, hat here, obedient to their laws, we lie. Nearly 2,500 years ago, in 480BC, at a bleak pass in a far-flung corner of eastern Greece, three hundred Spartan warriors faced the army of Xerxes of Persia, a massive force rumoured to be over a million strong. Their orders were simple- to delay the enemy for as long as possible while the main Greek armies mobilized. For six days the Spartans held the invaders at bay. In the final hours - their shields broken, swords and spears shattered - they fought with their bare hands before being overwhelmed. It was battle that would become synonymous with extraordinary courage, heroism and self-sacrifice- it was Thermopylae. In Gates of Fire, Steven Pressfield tells the epic story of those legendary Spartans- the men and women who helped shaped our history and have themselves become as immortal as their gods.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780553812169
ISBN-10: 0553812165
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 106mm x mm)
Pages: 528
Imprint: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield is the author of the bestselling historical novels Gates of Fire, Tides of War, Last of the Amazons, Alexander- The Virtues of War and The Afghan Campaign. His new novel - Killing Rommel - will be published in Spring 2008. He lives in Los Angeles.

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