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
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.