Alexander the Great

Reckless Conqueror

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Black Dog Books

The Drum Series

Age 12+

Armed Forces People & Places, Battles, History & The Past: General Interest Warfare

This book about Alexander the Great is part of the award-winning non-fiction series for teens, The Drum, and is written by multi-award-winning author Carole Wilkinson of Dragonkeeper fame.

At twenty, Alexander overthrew the might of Ancient Greece and then led an army of 50 000 to conquer Ancient Egypt and the Persian Empire. He defeated armies five times the size of his own, leading the most dangerous charges himself, until he reached the very edge of the known world. But in his wake, he left tens of thousands dead or enslaved. The Persians called him Alexander the Accursed. Was he a brilliant warrior or a ruthless invader?


Carole Wilkinson is an award-winning author of books for children, her most well known work being the Dragonkeeper series. She has a longstanding fascination with dragons and is interested in the history of everything. Carole is a meticulous researcher who finds it difficult to stop researching and begin writing. She once searched for weeks to find out whether there were daffodils in Han Dynasty, China. Carole is married, has a daughter and lives in inner-city Melbourne.


The research is prodigious and the story set out in fine detail — there is much here to inform the adult reader, too… Wilkinson is a fine writer, clearly fascinated by the ancient world.

Australian Book Review

Wilkinson takes the risk of following a fragmentary first person narrative by Alexander with explanatory text. It works…

The Age

The story offers insights into a time, a people and a leader that are both vastly different from our own world and at the same time remarkably similar.


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