Beginning beneath the walls of Troy, ending in 1930s Europe, ‘Heroes’ is a compelling evocation of heroism through eight famous lives – Achilles, Odysseus, Alcibiades, Cato, El Cid, Francis Drake, Wallenstein and Garibaldi. Not necessarily all good – sometimes quite the reverse – but all great, they possessed a charisma, a strength of will powerful enough to persuade those around them that they alone could do the incredible and unprecedented. It is a story of morality and dictatorship; money and sorcery; seduction and mass hysteria.
Reviews of Heroes
- ‘Vivid and highly readable, here are biographies that thrill, enthral and dazzle.’ Observer
- ‘A bold, witty and thought-provoking book.’ Victoria Glendinning, Daily Telegraph
- ‘Both rich in material and riveting to read.’ Antonia Fraser, Sunday Times
- ‘Compendious and stupendous…it will leave you quite flushed and breathless, wondering what kind of world produced such men.’ Independent on Sunday