WITH AN AFTERWORD BY PROFESSOR DAVID RICHTER
'One of the Most Anticipated Books for 2020,' A Book and Words
'Expert... excellent... engaging... A comprehensive biography that treats an important piece of history as the gripping story that it is.' Foreword Magazine, US
In this first ever modern biography of Cyrus the Great, founder of the Persian Empire and the only non Jew referred to as 'anointed by God' in the Old Testament, Stephen applies his usual depth of research and highly readable narrative style to cut through folklore and myth to deliver a fascinating account of a fascinating life.
A brilliant general and administrator, Cyrus freed the Jews in exile at Babylon after he conquered the Babylonian Empire and allowed them to go home to Jerusalem. Cyrus influenced the US Bill of Rights and is the Biblical figure to whom US President Donald Trump has been favorably compared by the Prime Minister of Israel and Christian evangelicals - whether that comparison is valid or not, you can decide for yourself once you have read the book.
From fraught youth to a rise to power through desperate rebellion and gifted generalship, this is the true story of one of history's most influential figures.
Available in the US on July 14, 2020, and the UK and Australia on July 30, 2020, published by Turner Publishing.