The First Clash: The Miraculous Greek Victory at Marathon and Its Impact on Western Civilization

Jim Lacey


“A compelling and provocative learn . . . With a soldier’s eye, Jim Lacey re-creates the conflict of Marathon in all its brutal simplicity.”—Barry Strauss, writer of Masters of Command
Marathon—one of history’s such a lot pivotal battles. Its identify inspires pictures of virtually superhuman braveness, patience, and struggling with spirit. during this eye-opening publication, army analyst James Lacey takes a clean examine Marathon and divulges why the conflict occurred, the way it was once fought, and no matter if, in truth, it stored Western civilization. Lacey brilliantly reconstructs the realm of the 5th century B.C. prime as much as the spectacular army defeat of the Persian Empire through the drastically undermanned Greek defenders. With the type of shiny aspect that characterizes the easiest sleek warfare reportage, he indicates how the seriously armed Persian military was once surprised and demoralized by way of the relentless attack of the Athenian phalanx. He finds the attention-grabbing aftermath of Marathon, how its opponents grew to become the an identical of our “Greatest Generation,” and demanding situations the legacy and classes that experience usually been misunderstood—perhaps, now greater than ever, at our personal peril.
rapid, visceral, and whole of latest analyses that defy many years of traditional knowledge, The First Clash is a wonderful interpretation of a clash that certainly made the realm secure for Aristotle, Plato, and our personal smooth democracy.
“With a clean eye to strategies, process, and army association, and together with his textual content grounded in direct event of the troops at the battlefield, James Lacey offers us not just new figuring out of ways the Athenians controlled to win but in addition a better appreciation of the start of a protracted culture of Western army dynamism that we take without any consideration today.”—Victor Davis Hanson, writer of Carnage and Culture
“Lacey’s swords-and-shields strategy will take in readers ever fascinated about the well-known battles of antiquity.”—Booklist
“A full of life and lucrative read.”—Charleston submit and Courier
“Exemplary . . . Lacey, a veteran of the 82nd and one hundred and first Airborne divisions and a professor on the Marine warfare collage, brings to the story of Marathon the sensible stories of the wrestle soldier and an highbrow sensibility.”—The New Criterion

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