Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae, Steven Pressfield
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Listed in the 2019 Commandant’s Professional Reading List for Entry Level – Enlisted
In the battle of Thermopylae (480 B.C.), 7000 Greeks led by 300 Spartans held an enormous Persian army of 200,000 at bay for several days – an army that would have changed our civilization had the Greeks not died fighting it. Never before or since has such a badly outnumbered army fought so valiantly nor effectively.