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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.”
Xenophon’s Cyrus the Great: The Arts of Leadership and War by Larry Hedrick (Editor)
By freshening the voice and style that Xenophon ascribed to Cyrus, Larry Hedrick has fashioned a more intimate Cyrus.  A new generation of readers, including executives, managers, and military officers, can now learn from Cyrus’s leaderships and wisdom in Xenophon’s narrative.
Cyrus the Great by Jacob Abbott
Cyrus the Great (c. 600 BC or 576 BC to December 530 BC), also known as Cyrus II or Cyrus of Persia, was the founder of the Persian Empire.  It was under his own rule that the empire embraced all previous civilized states of the ancient Near East, expanded vastly and eventually conquered most of Southwest Asia and much of Central Asia, parts of Europe and Caucasus, from the Mediterranean sea and the Hellespont in the west to the Indus River in the east, to create the largest empire the world had yet seen.  The reign of Cyrus lasted between 29 and 31 years.
Cyrus the Great by Harold Lamb
Harold Lamb’s narrative of the life of Cyrus, the King of Persia who conquered the Medes, Lydians and Babylonians and marched into those mysterious lands to the east forging the largest empire of the time.  Some of the book is, of course, informed speculation about everything from Cyrus’s childhood to his motivations as an adult.  The book was originally written in 1960.
Cyrus Cylinder by John Curtis, Neil MacGregor and Irving Finkel (May 2013 release)
This catalogue is being published in conjunction with the first ever tour of the object to the United States, along with sixteen other objects from the British Museums collection.  The book discusses how these objects demonstrate the innovations initiated by Persian rule in the Ancient Near East (550 BC-331 BC), a prime example being a gold plaque from the Oxus Treasure with the representation of a priest that shows the spread of the Zoroastrian religion.
Cyrus the Great by Samuel Willard Crompton.
This is one in a series of the Ancient World Leaders and can be found in public and school libraries

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