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Xenophon's Cyrus the Great

The Arts of Leadership and War

Edited and with an Introduction by Larry Hedrick

Truman Talley Books

Twenty-five hundred years ago Cyrus, a great Persian leader of wisdom and virtue, created the Persian Empire, conquered Babylon, freed forty thousand Jews from captivity, wrote mankind's first human rights charter, and ruled over those he had defeated with respect and benevolence.
 
The Iranians came to regard Cyrus as "The Father," the Babylonians as "The Liberator," and the Jews as "The Anointed of the Lord." The Greeks called him "The Law Giver," and a century after Cyrus's death, an admiring Xenophon of Athens wrote an epic account of Cyrus's many leadership principles at war and at peace.
 
By freshening the voice and style that Xenophon ascribed to Cyrus, Larry Hedrick has fashioned a more intimate Cyrus. A new generation of readers, including executives, managers, and military officers, can now learn from Cyrus's leaderships and wisdom in Xenophon's narrative.

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Chapter One 
Boldness at the Beginning
 
You will, I believe, recognize me as a legendary leader from the deep past, for I am Cyrus the Great of Persia. In antiquity I was famed throughout the world as a man who won sovereignty over vast territories and scores of great cities. My achievements were so unexpected that many people thought of me as a god. I am now going to tell you how I created my empire, so that you can learn from my thoughts and my deeds.
 
What really distinguished me was a clear and calculating--yet always benevolent--mind. I was the product of a
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"Xenophone's Cyrus--the earliest book on the subject--is still the best book on leadership."--Peter F. Drucker

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  • Edited and with an Introduction by Larry Hedrick

  • Larry Hedrick, a former Air Force officer, is a military historian who lives in Seattle. The study of Xenophon of Athens has been one of his lifelong passions.
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