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Steven Pressfield Books – Prepare for Battle!


Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield--better than 300, no surprise there.

Not all of the Steven Pressfield books are about battle and warriors, but the first I ever read was Gates of Fire, and if there’s ever been an action-packed book full of tough guys fighting, it’s Gates. And while I didn’t pick it up for a history lesson, Pressfield is very good at sneaking a bunch of learning in as well.

I was delighted to see that many of his other books were also about ancient warrior cultures. But not Bagger Vance, which I still haven’t read.

If you’re not sure where to jump in, I’ll just give you the whole Steven Pressfield bibliography, starting with the fiction. I present, for your reading pleasure, tales of Romans, Greeks, mercenaries, Afghans, Amazons, and a whole lot of swinging swords and artillery shells.

Gates is still my favorite. Still need to read Bagger Vance.

Fiction by Steven Pressfield

The Legend of Bagger Vance

Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

Tides of War

Last of the Amazons

Alexander: The Virtues of War

The Afghan Campaign

Killing Rommel

The Profession

Non-fiction by Steven Pressfield

The War of Art: Break Through Your Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Do The Work

I hope you find something here you’ll love. If not, you can always try my book club.

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  • Steven Pressfield March 25, 2012, 1:23 pm

    Josh, thanks for the very kind words re “Gates of Fire” and other stuff. If you’ll send me your mailing address to steve@stevenpressfield.com, I’ll put a little CARE package in the mail to you that you might find interesting. Thanks again and all my best,

    • Josh Hanagarne March 25, 2012, 1:31 pm

      Steven! No, thank you! You’ve got an email, sir. You made my day and then some.

  • James Cornwell March 30, 2012, 7:53 am

    I suggest that your readers start with Gates of Fire, then jump right in to either Virtues of War or War of Art, depending on whether one is in the mood for more military fiction or some highly motivational non-fiction. I re-read both Gates and War of Art every year, and I mention Pressfield in the acknowledgements of my novel (YA medieval military fiction, go figure), which I doubt I would have finished without having read War of Art first. Thanks, Steve!

  • Scott Oden March 30, 2012, 8:13 am

    You should try THE PROFESSION, too, if you haven’t already! It’s how near-future thrillers should be done!



  • Paul March 30, 2012, 8:24 am

    When I served, not too many buddy’s didn’t read Gates of Fire. I read it three times, and will read it again soon.

    • Josh Hanagarne March 30, 2012, 8:29 am

      Paul, thank you for serving.

      • Paul March 30, 2012, 3:28 pm

        Thanks Scott…

        • Paul March 30, 2012, 3:29 pm

          Sorry Josh, thanks again…