A detailed but compulsively readable account of the life-and-death machinations that brought an end to the Roman Republic and spawned an empire. Holland's thesis is that Roman culture held no distinction between public and private advancement. Thus personal gain was inherently political, and the stakes were raised and raised until the only way to succeed was to seize total power.
Anything by Mr.Holland is readable and worth your time. This is doubly so for this study on the end of the Roman republic. Plus his knowledge of, and explanation of, Roman tactics alone makes this a fascinating read.
For those interested in a more readable and "popular" telling of the last days of the Roman Republic, Jeff Holland's Rubicon (or, since we're talking about Rome here, Rvbicon) fits the bill pretty well. He covers all the major personalities in a very informal, personal manner that is sure to appeal to more modern readers.
There are better works out there, but for an introductory narrative that reads like a novel at times, you could do worse.
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