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Episode Thirty: How Alexander Led

Alexander was twelve years old when horse dealers brought the great stallion Bucephalus, for sale, to his father Philips’s court in Macedonia.

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Ryan Holiday’s “Lives of the Stoics”

I’m going to recommend another book today. You may think, eyeballing the title, that it could have no place within our “writer’s bookshelf.” But it should sit, believe me, front and center.

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Episode Twenty-Nine: “With a King Like This to Lead Us…”

With today’s episode we’ll move on from the Spartans, the consummate Warrior Collective, to the paramount individual warrior in history—Alexander the Great.

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Episode Twenty-Eight: “I Will Tell His Majesty What a King Is…”

We will talk about the King archetype a lot as this series goes along.

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Notes from the Inner War

My girlfriend Diana and I were shooting a video for the “Warrior Archetype” series when we came upon this charming country cottage.

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Episode Twenty-Seven: The Virtue Of Selflessness

Certain warrior virtues are obvious. Courage.Fidelity.Mental and emotional toughness.

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Episode Twenty-Six: We Are All Spartans

Why have we concentrated so intensely in this series on the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae?

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Seth Godin’s “The Practice”

There are certain books that we all should have on our Writer’s Bookshelf. Here’s one that I can’t recommend highly enough:

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Episode Twenty-Five: The Western Way Of War

Today’s episode borrows heavily from Victor Davis Hanson’s book, The Western Way of War, whose thesis is that the way Alexander, Caesar, Napoleon, and all great Western generals down to today chose to wage war was to seek a pitched, decisive infantry battle that, at one blow, would decide everything.

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Episode Twenty-Four: Heroes And Villains

If history is written by the (ultimate) winners, it’s no wonder that we in the West view the Persian king Xerxes as a villain and the Spartan king Leonidas as a hero.

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