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Alexander the Horrific
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Alexander the Horrific by Philip Freeman
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In the first authoritative biography of Alexander the Great written for a general audience in a generation, classicist and historian Philip Freeman tells the remarkable life of the great conqueror. The celebrated Macedonian king has been one of the most enduring figures in history. He was a general of such skill and renown that for two thousand years other great leaders studied his strategy and tactics, from Hannibal to Napoleon, with countless more in between. He flashed across the sky of history like a comet, glowing brightly and burning out quickly: crowned at age nineteen, dead by thirty-two. He established the greatest empire of the ancient world; Greek coins and statues are found as far east as Afghanistan. Our interest in him has never faded.

Alexander was born into the royal family of Macedonia, the kingdom that would soon rule over Greece. Tutored as a boy by Aristotle, Alexander had an inquisitive mind that would serve him well when he faced formidable obstacles during his military campaigns. Shortly after taking command of the army, he launched an invasion of the Persian empire, and continued his conquests as far south as the deserts of Egypt and as far east as the mountains of present-day Pakistan and the plains of India. Alexander spent nearly all his adult life away from his homeland, and he and his men helped spread the Greek language throughout western Asia, where it would become the lingua franca of the ancient world. Within a short time after Alexander’s death in Baghdad, his empire began to fracture. Best known among his successors are the Ptolemies of Egypt, whose empire lasted until Cleopatra.

In his lively and authoritative biography of Alexander, classical scholar and historian Philip Freeman describes Alexander’s astonishing achievements and provides insight into the mercurial character of the great conqueror. Alexander could be petty and magnanimous, cruel and merciful, impulsive and farsighted. Above all, he was ferociously, intensely competitive and could not tolerate losing—which he rarely did. As Freeman explains, without Alexander, the influence of Greece on the ancient world would surely not have been as great as it was, even if his motivation was not to spread Greek culture for beneficial purposes but instead to unify his empire. Only a handful of people have influenced history as Alexander did, which is why he continues to fascinate us.
Who Was Alexander Hamilton?
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Who Was Alexander Hamilton?
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Read the story of the Founding Father who inspired the smash Broadway musical.

Born in the British West Indies and orphaned as a child, Alexander Hamilton made his way to the American Colonies and studied to become a lawyer. He joined a local militia during the American Revolution, rose to the rank of Major General, and became the chief aide to General George Washington. After the war, he became the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. He founded the Bank of New York and The New York Post newspaper. He served as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and is also celebrated as a co-author of The Federalist Papers, a series of essays that are still used today to interpret the U.S. Constitution.

The end of his life became a national scandal when he was shot and killed in a duel with then-Vice President Aaron Burr.

Kala Alexander Profile

Mike Escamilla meets up with legendary surfer and waterman Kala Alexander for an insider tour of the North Shore of Oahu.

Pitas, Delores M. - Madison.com

MADISON - Delores M. Pitas, age 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Dec. Delores graduated from a one-room school, completed Goodrich High School, and then attended Oshkosh Teachers College. She was united in marriage to Arthur Pitas on June 18, 1949. They had a marriage full of laughter while raising their four children. Delores was active at the council level in Girl Scouts. She was also very involved in leadership roles at her church. Delores is survived by her children, Alan Arthur (Mary) Pitas, Andrew Arthur (Jan) Pitas, Lauraine Emily (John Gaska) Sanford, and John Arthur (Holly) Pitas. 10 grandchildren, Jeremy (Lisa) Pitas, Demitrios (Kala) Pitas, Katrina Pitas, Nikolaos (Amy) Pitas, Alexander (Zoe) Pitas, Chance Sanford, Chelsey Sanford, Tianna Pitas, Mikos Pitas, and Chandler Sanford. one great-grandchild, Max Pitas. and brother, Melvin (Betty) Mueller. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur and brothers, Forest, Earl, and LaVern. A Celebration of Delores' Life will be held at FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 203 Wisconsin Ave. , Madison, at 11 a. m. on Saturday, Jan. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a. m. until the time of service on Saturday. Memorial contributions in Delores' name may be made to First United Methodist Church. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to staff at Sylvan Crossings and her friends at First United Methodist Church. Source: host.madison.com

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    12/30/14 ,via Madison.com

    Jeremy (Lisa) Pitas, Demitrios (Kala) Pitas, Katrina Pitas, Nikolaos (Amy) Pitas, Alexander (Zoe) Pitas, Chance Sanford, Chelsey Sanford, Tianna Pitas, Mikos Pitas, and Chandler Sanford; one great-grandchild, Max Pitas; and brother, Melvin (Betty

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    brandy, cinnamon, water, creme de cacao, espresso, semisweet chocolate, whipped cream

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  • The Cherokee Nation

    UNM Press. 2008. ISBN: 9780826332356,0826332358. 279 pages.

    Robert Conley's history of the Cherokees is the first to be endorsed by the Cherokee Nation and to be written by a Cherokee.