WorldCat Identities

Pressfield, Steven

Works: 110 works in 649 publications in 17 languages and 23,282 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Historical fiction  Biographical fiction  Golf stories  War stories  Action and adventure fiction  Drama  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Biography 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Scenarist, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Conceptor
Classifications: PS3566.R3944, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Steven Pressfield
Gates of fire : an epic novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven Pressfield( Book )

73 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in 12 languages and held by 2,285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on Thermopylae, the 480 BC battle which went down in history as an example of heroism. For three days a small force of Greeks defended a narrow pass from a huge Persian army. Lots of detail on Spartan training and fighting techniques. Thousands of years ago, Herodotus and Plutarch immortalized Spartan society in their histories; but today, little is left of the ancient city or the social structure of this momentous culture. One of the few antiquarian marks of the civilization that has survived lies scores of miles away from Sparta, at a narrow Greek mountain pass called Thermopylae. It was there that three hundred of Sparta's finest warriors held back the invading millions of the Persian empire and valiantly gave their lives in the selfless service of democracy and freedom. A simple engraved stone marks their burial ground. Inspired by this stone and intrigued by the lore of Sparta, author Steven Pressfield has brilliantly combined scholarship with storytelling. Narrated by the sole survivor of the epic battle--a squire in the Spartan heavy infantry--Gates of Fire is a mesmerizing depiction of one man's indoctrination into the Spartan way of life and death, and of the legendary men and women who gave the culture an immortal gravity. Culminating in the electrifying and horrifying epic battle, Gates of Fire weaves history, mystery, and heartbreaking romance into a literary page-turner that brings the Homeric tradition into the twenty-first
Killing Rommel : a novel by Steven Pressfield( Book )

31 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 1,920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written as the memoir of a British lieutenant, and based on real-life events, this historically and psychologically rich thriller perfectly captures the tension as a team of soldiers in Egypt during World War II attempts to assassinate German Field Marshall Rommel, the infamous "Desert Fox."
The legend of Bagger Vance : golf and the game of life by Steven Pressfield( Book )

43 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Golf and the game of life. The protagonist is Rannulph Junah, Southern aristocrat and World War I hero. In a tournament in Savannah, he defeats two golf pros by following the teachings of his guru, Bagger Vance, a black mystic serving as his caddie. A metaphysical fable
Last of the Amazons by Steven Pressfield( Book )

32 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in 8 languages and held by 1,462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fateful encounter between Theseus, king of Athens, and the tall Kyrte, a nation of proud female warriors, transforms the ancient world, when Antiope, warrior queen of the Amazons, falls in love with Theseus and flees with him. The author of the international bestsellers Gates of Fire and Tides of War delivers his most gripping and imaginative novel of the ancient world-a stunning epic of love and war that breathes life into the grand myth of the ferocious female warrior culture of the Amazons. Steven Pressfield has gained a passionate worldwide following for his magnificent novels of ancient Greece, Gates of Fire and Tides of War. In Last of the Amazons, Pressfield has surpassed himself, re-creating a vanished world in a brilliant novel that will delight his loyal readers and bring legions more to his singular and powerful restoration of the past. In the time before Homer, the legendary Theseus, King of Athens (an actual historical figure), set sail on a journey that brought him into the land of tall Kyrte, the free people, a nation of proud female warriors whom the Greeks called "Amazons. The Amazons, bound to each other as lovers as well as fighters, distrusted the Greeks, with their boastful talk of "civilization. So when the great war queen Antiope fell in love with Theseus and fled with the Greeks, the mighty Amazon nation rose up in rage. Last of the Amazons is not merely a masterful tale of war and revenge. Pressfield has created a cast of extraordinarily vivid characters, from the unforgettable Selene, whose surrender to the Greeks does nothing to tame her; to her lover, Damon, an Athenian warrior who grows to cherish the wild Amazon ways; to the narrator, Bones, a young girl from a noble family who was nursed by Selene from birth and secretly taught the Amazon way; to the great Theseus, the tragic king; and to Antiope, the noble queen who betrayed tall Kyrte for the love of Theseus. With astounding immediacy and extraordinary attention to military detail, Pressfield transports readers into the heat and terror of war. Equally impressive is his creation of the Amazon nation, its people, its rituals and myths, its greatness and savagery. Last of the Amazons is thrilling on every page, an epic tale of the clash between wildness and civilization, patriotism and love, man and woman
Tides of war : a novel of Alcibiades and the Peloponnesian War by Steven Pressfield( Book )

42 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in 10 languages and held by 1,375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the story of the great Athenian warrior and general Alcibiades, from his great victories on behalf of Athens to his later alliances with Sparta and Persia and his role in the eventual downfall of Athens
The virtues of war : a novel of Alexander the Great by Steven Pressfield( Book )

33 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in 7 languages and held by 1,297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alexander the Great (356 to 323 B.C.) ascended to the throne of Macedon at the age of twenty. He fought his greatest battles, including the conquest of the mighty Persian Empire, before he was twenty five and died at the age of thirty three, still undefeated by any enemy. His reputation as a supreme warrior and leader of men is unsurpassed in the annals of history. In the brilliantly imagined first person voice of Alexander the Great, acclaimed novelist Steven Pressfield brings to life his epic battles, his unerring command of his forces, and the passions and ambitions that drove him. A full blooded, multidimensional portrait, THE VIRTUES OF WAR captures Alexander's complex character. Alexander was a fearless commander who moved with such daring and speed that no army could withstand him; a driven leader whose ambitions knew no limits; and a man with boundless compassion for his troops, deep friendships with his generals, and profound respect for his enemies. Yet in the end, his noble qualities were subsumed by his insatiable lust for glory. No one writes about battles as brilliantly as Pressfield, and in THE VIRTUES OF WAR he vividly describes the seminal conflicts of Alexander's career, revealing the tactics behind them and capturing the blood, heat, and terror of the battlefield. He follows Alexander's forces as they faced and defeated armies that far outnumbered them; delivers a thrilling frontline report from Gaugamela, the scene of Alexander's greatest victory; and, in a memorable vignette, shows the great conqueror finally halted, not by an enemy but by the refusal of his worn out troops to march any farther. Epic in scope and magisterial in tone, THE VIRTUES OF WAR is sure to take its place among the classics of historical fiction
Killing Rommel : a novel by Steven Pressfield( )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 1,093 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By the fall of 1942, Rommel's Panzers have routed Britain's Eighth Army in North Africa and are poised to capture Egypt, the Suez Canal, and the Middle Eastern oil fields. To stop Rommel, England deploys a new breed of highly mobile, heavily armed "scorpion" commandos
The Afghan campaign by Steven Pressfield( Book )

29 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 1,064 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A riveting historical novel that re-creates Alexander the Great?s invasion of the Afghan kingdoms in 330 B.C., a campaign that eerily foreshadows the tactics, terrors, and frustrations of contemporary conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Narrated by Matthias, a young infantryman in Alexander?s army, The Afghan Campaign explores the challenges, both military and moral, that Alexander and his soldiers face as they embark on a new type of war and are forced to adapt to the methods of a ruthless foe that employs terror and insurgent tactics, conceals itself among the civilian populace, and recruits women and boys as combatants. Matthias joins Alexander?s army after it has conquered the Persian empire and is advancing east into Afghanistan on its way to the riches of India. Part of a unit that includes recruits his own age as well as veterans, Matthias chronicles his rapid coming-of-age as a soldier as he enacts Alexander?s scorch-and-burn strategies, experiences the joys and sorrows of a romance with an Afghan girl, and faces the barbarism of the Afghans, his fellow soldiers, and ultimately himself. As Matthias relates the brutal day-to-day encounters between the two sides, he exposes the human cost borne by a company of men whose code is humanist and secular when they seek to impose their will on a people of deep religiosity, insularity, unbending pride, and a passionate readiness to die for their cause. An edge-of-your-seat adventure that brings to life the confrontation between an invading Western army and fierce Eastern warriors determined at all costs to defend their homeland
The profession : a thriller by Steven Pressfield( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,041 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a near-future world in which governments and corporations are forced to hire cutting-edge mercenary armies to protect their wealth, the globe's largest private military launches a campaign to take over the United States
The lion's gate : on the front lines of the Six-Day War by Steven Pressfield( Book )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"June 5, 1967. The fearsome, Soviet-equipped Egyptian Army and its 1000 tanks are massed on Israel's southern border. Meanwhile, the Syrian Army is shelling the much smaller nation from the north. And to the east, Jordan and Iraq are moving brigades and fighter squadrons into position to attack. Egypt's President Nasser has declared that the Arab world's goal is no less than "the destruction of Israel." June 10, 1967. The combined Arab armies are in ruins, their air forces totally destroyed. Israel's citizen-soldiers have seized the Gaza Strip and the entire Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the Golan Heights from Syria, East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan. The land under Israeli control has tripled. The charismatic, eye-patch wearing Defense Minister Moshe Dayan has barreled through the Lion's Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, meeting up with a gang of paratroopers who have already raised the blue and white flag that frames the Star of David. How on earth did this happen? Only Steven Pressfield could get the real story from the fighter jocks in the air, the tank commanders through the sand, and the infantrymen on the ground. Through more than 300 hours of interviews conducted in Israel, he has written a gripping chronicle of the six days that changed the Middle East forever. He also captures the universal experience of individual soldiers compelled to stare down mortal fear and move headlong into a firestorm"--
Last of the Amazons by Steven Pressfield( )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the king of Athens enters a forbidden love affair with the Amazon queen, a fiery rage builds, and soon Greece is forced into vicious combat
The war of art by Steven Pressfield( )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that "resistance" is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it
Blood stripes : the grunt's view of the war in Iraq by David J Danelo( Book )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a behind-the-scenes look at the fight against the insurgency in Iraq, chronicling the experiences of young corporals and sergeants from infantry companies Bravo 1/5, Fox 2/4, Lima 3/7, and Kilo 3/4
The profession : a thriller by Steven Pressfield( Recording )

20 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pressfield taps his considerable well of military knowledge to craft a piece of speculative fiction set in 2032. With corporate and private powers wielding their own military forces, an exiled American general plans to return to the U.S. and claim the presidency for his own. Only his closest confidant stands any chance of defeating him
Gates of fire : an epic novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven Pressfield( Recording )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With an epic vision and a dynamic cast of characters, this literary page-turner, set in 480 B.C., brings the Homeric tradition into the 21st century with the tale of historic battle between the Greeks and the two-million-man strong Persian army
Above the law by Andrew Davis( Visual )

6 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Chicago cop realizes he is on to something big as suspects collared in a recent drug raid are allowed to walk and he is asked to turn in his badge
Manage your day-to-day : build your routine, find your focus, and sharpen your creative mind( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Are you over-extended, over-distracted, and overwhelmed? Do you work at a breakneck pace all day, only to find that you haven{u2019}t accomplished the most important things on your agenda when you leave the office? The world has changed and the way we work has to change, too. With wisdom from 20 leading creative minds, Manage Your Day-to-Day will give you a toolkit for tackling the new challenges of a 24/7, always-on workplace
The legend of Bagger Vance : golf and the game of life by Steven Pressfield( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the Depression year of 1931, on the golf links at Krewe Island off Savannah's windswept shore, two legends of the game, Bobby Jones and Walter Hagan, meet for a mesmerizing thirty-six-hole showdown. Another golfer will also compete--a troubled war hero, once a champion, who comes with his mentor and caddie, the mysterious Bagger Vance. Sage and charismatic, it is Vance who will ultimately guide the match.--
The legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield( Recording )

19 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An allegory about the search for the inner self is set on a Georgia golf course in 1931, where a caddie uses his mysterious powers to affect the game and the fate of the players
The virtues of war : [a novel of Alexander the Great] by Steven Pressfield( Recording )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alexander the Great, whose reputation as a supreme warrior and leader is still unsurpassed in the annals of history, is brought to life
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.20 (from 0.04 for The war of ... to 0.83 for La leggend ...)

Gates of fire : an epic novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
Alternative Names
Presfīlds, Stīvens 1943-

Pressfield, Steven

Pressfield, Steven 1943-

Steven Pressfield amerikai író

Steven Pressfield schrijver uit Trinidad en Tobago

Steven Pressfield scrittore e sceneggiatore trinidadiano

Steven Pressfield US-amerikanischer Roman- und Drehbuchautor

Στίβεν Πρέσσφιλντ

Прессфилд, Стивен

Стивен Прессфилд

Стивен Пресфилд

Սթիվեն Փրեսֆիլդ

סטיבן פרספילד

프레스필드, 스티븐


プレスフィールド, スティーヴン

プレスフィールド, スティーブン

Killing Rommel : a novelThe legend of Bagger Vance : golf and the game of lifeLast of the AmazonsTides of war : a novel of Alcibiades and the Peloponnesian WarThe virtues of war : a novel of Alexander the GreatKilling Rommel : a novelThe Afghan campaignThe profession : a thriller