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Persian Fire

(2005)
The First World Empire, Battle for the West
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In 480 B.C., Xerxes, the King of Persia, led an invasion of mainland Greece. Its success should have been a formality. For seventy years, victory—rapid, spectacular victory—had seemed the birthright of the Persian Empire. In the space of a single generation, they had swept across the Near East, shattering ancient kingdoms, storming famous cities, putting together an empire which stretched from India to the shores of the Aegean. As a result of those conquests, Xerxes ruled as the most powerful man on the planet. Yet somehow, astonishingly, against the largest expeditionary force ever assembled, the Greeks of the mainland managed to hold out. The Persians were turned back. Greece remained free. Had the Greeks been defeated in the epochal naval battle at Salamis, not only would the West have lost its first struggle for independence and survival, but it is unlikely that there would ever have been such an entity as the West at all.

Tom Holland's brilliant new book describes the very first “clash of Empires” between East and West. As he did in the critically praised Rubicon, he has found extraordinary parallels between the ancient world and our own. There is no other popular history that takes in the entire sweep of the Persian Wars, and no other classical historian, academic or popular, who combines scholarly rigor with novelistic depth with a worldly irony in quite the fashion that Tom Holland does.

Genre: Historical

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May 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
Author(s): Tom Holland
ISBN: 0-385-51311-9 / 978-0-385-51311-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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September 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: Persian Fire - First World Empire And The Battle For The West
Author(s): Tom Holland
ISBN: 0-316-72664-8 / 978-0-316-72664-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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September 2005 : UK Hardback

Title: Persian Fire: The First World Empire, Battle for the West
Author(s): Tom Holland
ISBN: 0-356-24227-7 / 978-0-356-24227-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown
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June 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
Author(s): Tom Holland
ISBN: 0-307-27948-0 / 978-0-307-27948-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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August 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Persian Fire: The First World Empire, Battle for the West
Author(s): Tom Holland
ISBN: 0-349-11717-9 / 978-0-349-11717-1 (UK edition)
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September 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Persian Fire: The First World Empire, Battle for the West
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ISBN: 0-316-73102-1 / 978-0-316-73102-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
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September 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Persian Fire: The First World Empire, Battle for the West
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Title: Persian Fire: The First World Empire, Battle for the West
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Title: Persian Fire: The First World Empire, Battle for the West
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Title: Persian Fire: The First World Empire, Battle for the West
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July 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
Author(s): Tom Holland
ISBN: 1-5159-0621-3 / 978-1-5159-0621-6 (USA edition)
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July 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
Author(s): Tom Holland
ISBN: 1-5159-5621-0 / 978-1-5159-5621-1 (USA edition)
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November 2005 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Persian Fire: The First World Empire, Battle for the West
Author(s): Tom Holland
ISBN: 1-4055-0115-4 / 978-1-4055-0115-6 (UK edition)
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Title: Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
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Title: Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
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Title: Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
Author(s): Tom Holland
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Title: Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
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October 2005 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Persian Fire: The First World Empire, Battle for the West
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ISBN: 1-4055-0116-2 / 978-1-4055-0116-3 (UK edition)
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April 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Persian Fire: The First World Empire, Battle for the West
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Title: Persian Fire: The First World Empire, Battle for the West
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June 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Persian Fire
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