"A vital gem...a kick in the ass." – Esquire "Amazingly cogent and smart on the psychology of creation." – Jay McInerney "As I closed THE WAR OF ART, I felt a surge of positive calm. I now know I can win this war. And if I can, so can you." – Robert McKee, bestselling author of STORY DO YOU: - Dream about…
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.
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