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Larry Hedrick – Xenophon’s Cyrus the Great: The Arts of Leadership and War

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Xenophon’s Cyrus the Great: The Arts of Leadership and War

Drucker said Xenophon’s original book on Cyrus was the best book on leadership and why he never wrote a specific book on leadership himself. Lincoln, Patton, Jefferson, all kept and frequently read Xenophon’s book.

I read the original and found it very difficult to distill business lessons from. However Hedrick’s new take on this classic is a fantastic business read.  Machiavelli’s “The Prince” was based on Xenophon. Many of the lessons we take on applying leadership from warfare traces their roots to this Xenophon.

The criticisms in Amazon are without merit. Making this a first person account and simplifying the language made this a much better read. Even the headings are succinct business lessons that can be immediately applied. If you like reading Drucker and the wisdom of generals, this is a good addition to your resources.


In 1906, a stilted English translation of Xenophon of Athens’ story about Cyrus the Great’s military campaigns was published. Now, a century later, a much more accessible edition of one of history’s most extraordinary and successful leaders is emerging.

Among his many achievements, this great leader of wisdom and virtue founded and extended the Persian Empire; conquered Babylon; freed 40,000 Jews from captivity; wrote mankind’s first human rights charter; and ruled over those he had conquered with respect and benevolence.

According to historian Will Durant, Cyrus the Great’s military enemies knew that he was lenient, and they did not fight him with that desperate courage which men show when their only choice is “to kill or die.” As a result the Iranians regarded him as “The Father,” the Babylonians as “The Liberator,” the Greeks as the “Law-Giver,” and the Jews as the “Anointed of the Lord.”

By freshening the voice, style and diction of Cyrus, Larry Hedrick has created a more contemporary Cyrus. A new generation of readers, including business executives and managers, military officers, and government officials, can now learn about and benefit from Cyrus the Great’s extraordinary achievements, which exceeded all other leaders’ throughout antiquity.…


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