Cyrus, a great Persian leader, was so widely and memorably respected that a hundred years later, Xenophon of Athens wrote this admiring book about the greatest leader of his era. Larry Hedrick's Introduction describes Cyrus and his times.
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 readers, 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.
I got through this book in record time (for me), and that includes rereading parts of the book for “absorption.”
That’s because this book, with the modernized language, was refreshingly easy reading. I felt as though I was there progressing through each march, each routing of the enemy, each courting of new allies, every strategic shift in plans.
Principles on leadership are woven easily and memorably in this book and it’s easy to see why it’s regarded so highly on the subject.
If I had to describe it in one word I’d call it, ‘immersive.’
Well worth the time and any expense I may have paid for it!