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For many, Pressfield's retelling of the epic story of the Battle of Thermopylae is one of the all time great historical novels.

Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by,
That 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.

Reviews

Breathtakingly brilliant...there have been many books about Sparta and its warrior code, but none have captured so magnificently the hearts, minds and spirits of the warriors who fought at Thermopylae. This is a work of rare genius. Savour it!

DAVID GEMMELL

Incredibly gripping, moving and literate...rarely does an author manage to recreate a moment in history with such mastery, authority and psychological insight.

NELSON DeMILLE

Brings the battle of Thermopylae to brilliant life...he does for that war what Charles Frazier did for the Civil War in Cold Mountain. When you finish Pressfield's work, you will feel you have fought side by side with the Spartans. This novel is Homeric.

PAT CONROY

A tale worthy of Homer, a timeless epic of man and war, exquisitely researched and boldy written. Pressfield has created a new classic.

STEPHEN COONTS

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  • Paperback

    9780553812169

    February 4, 2000

    Bantam

    528 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781407066592

    July 1, 2010

    Transworld Digital

    528 pages

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