Review: Who Was Alexander the Great by Robin A.H. Waterfield, Kathryn Waterfield, Andrew Thomson (Illustrator)


May Contain Spoilers

I love anything having to do with Alexander the Great (it must be because of Bucephalas), so when I saw Who Was Alexander the Great at the library, I grabbed it. I have read books in this series before, and I really like how the subject matter is presented. The information is given in easily digestible chapters for even the most reluctant reader, and there are many illustrations to break up the text.

While I didn’t really learn anything new about Alexander the Great, I did enjoy this brief, sanitized refresher into his life. Facts are clearly and concisely presented, following Alexander on his campaign from Macedonia through the Persian Empire. While reading, I couldn’t help but think what an egomaniac Alexander had to have been, from his pampered upbringing, the belief that he was the son of a god, and his unerring ability to out strategize warriors twice his age. What a life – all he did was march from one battlefield to the next, decimate the strongest of fortifications, and add an unending supply of gold and other goods to his wealth.

I recommend this book and this book series for younger readers interested in getting a handle on famous people and events in history, as well as those readers who find it a real chore to sit down and read. Who Was Alexander the Great presents his life in a fast-paced manner, with illustrations and straightforward side notes on confusing terms and topics.

Grade: 3.75 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book:

Alexander the Great conquers the New York Times best-selling Who Was…? series!
When Alexander was a boy in ancient Macedon, he already had grand ambitions. He complained that his father, the great king of Macedon, wasn’t leaving anything for him to conquer! This, of course, was not the case. King Alexander went on to control most of the known world of the time. His victories won him many supporters, but they also earned him enemies. This easy-to-read biography offers a fascinating look at the life of Alexander and the world he lived in.