• Xenophon's Cyrus the Great

  • The Arts of Leadership and War
  • By: Larry Hedrick
  • Narrated by: Rory Barnett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (119 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In 1906, a stilted English translation of Xenophon of Athens' story about Cyrus the Great's military campaigns was published. Now, a century later, a much more accessible edition of one of history's most extraordinary and successful leaders is emerging.

Among his many achievements, this great leader of wisdom and virtue founded and extended the Persian Empire; conquered Babylon; freed 40,000 Jews from captivity; wrote mankind's first human rights charter; and ruled over those he had conquered with respect and benevolence.

According to historian Will Durant, Cyrus the Great's military enemies knew that he was lenient, and they did not fight him with that desperate courage which men show when their only choice is "to kill or die". As a result, the Iranians regarded him as "The Father", the Babylonians as "The Liberator", the Greeks as the "Law-Giver", and the Jews as the "Anointed of the Lord".

By freshening the voice, style, and diction of Cyrus, Larry Hedrick has created a more contemporary Cyrus. A new generation of listeners, including business executives and managers, military officers, and government officials, can now learn about and benefit from Cyrus the Great's extraordinary achievements, which exceeded all other leaders throughout antiquity.

©2006 Larry Hedrick (P)2018 Tantor
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Abridged

This might be the unabridged Hedrick book, but it is an abridged and modified version of Xenophon's work. That is not made clear. Also all the modifications of Xenophon's text to the 1st person and removal of certain portions to fit Hendrick's narrative. Not recommended for anyone looking for the book that Cesar, Napoleon, Machiavelli, and other leaders read.

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this would make a good TV show!

this book would make a good show in the spirit of Netflix's Marco Polo or Starz' Spartacus.

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Best leadership book that i have read or listened

One of the top if not best leadership book that i have read or listened to.. Outstanding mixture of great history with true human insights. Well worth the listen. I will listen again and take notes the next time.

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Best sounding narrator ever

Others can say how great the story is, which it is, however the narrator's voice is the best I've ever heard on Audible. and it deserves a specific mention. now I want to hear other books narrated by him.

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Awe inspiring

One of the greatest books I’ve ever read. Truly awe inspiring. Words to live by

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Meh

It’s not bad. It’s just not that interesting either. Next time I’m mustering troops I might reread it with more interest.

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Comes across as bragging

A leadership book written as a story, in the first person is tough to pull off. I am a huge fan of ancient history. While the author did an admirable job of telling the story, it comes across as awkward bragging.