The Battle of Salamis
A ripping yarn of a world at the brink of annihilation and of the heroes (and fools) who brought it back from the edge. Strauss’s deep scholarship and clear prose bring the men and the era alive.
Named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Washington Post
Barry Strauss is one of the best ancient naval historians alive, and in The Battle of Salamis he combines his classical expertise with his natural gifts as a storyteller to make the inexplicable Greek victory not just explicable — but captivating as well. The ensuing drama is as riveting as it is historically accurate.
Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institute
author of Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power
Barry Strauss is the Patrick O’Brian of the Persian-Greek war that set the course of western history. He builds a cast-of-thousands classical drama as exciting as any modern epic on a base of astounding detail.
author of Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter
Led by a shrewd and bold commander, the sailors of the world’s first democracy — badly outnumbered, their capital destroyed — drew strength from their freedom and crushed the forces of the massive Persian Empire to save the dawning of Western Civilization. Superbly told, and as dramatic as history gets.
R. James Woolsey
Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton, and former Director of Central Intelligence
A ripping yarn of a world at the brink of annihilation and of the heroes (and fools) who brought it back from the edge. Strauss’s deep scholarship and clear prose bring the men and the era alive. We can see the ships and smell the action, but more importantly, we understand what it meant — for the Greeks then and for all of us now. This is the indispensable work on Salamis.
author of Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
“This is a superb volume by a dazzlingly brilliant historian at the height of his powers.” Frank McLynn, Literary Review
“In the hands of Cornell University historian Barry Strauss, the story of the battle is a military epic of the first order.” Michael Kenney, The Boston Globe
“This account of [the Battle of Salamis] by a history professor who is an expert on naval warfare with a gift for vivid narrative brings it, in all is suspense, its complications, its surprises and its cast of extraordinary characters, to fervent and turbulent life.” Bernard Knox, The Washington Post Book World