The Battle of Thermopylae has often been depicted as a "distinguishing
mark" of Greek resolve during the Persian war according to modern historians.
Although it was that, Ernie Bradford's account in his book Thermopylae: The
Battle for the West , sets out out to prove it was much more than that. He
wanted to show that it was the pivotal turning point in the Persian war that gave
Greece the ultimate victory.
Thermopylae: Battle for the West begins with a look at all the central
figures involved in the Persian war. Bradford assigned separate chapters to
Xerxes, the Persians, the Athenians and the Spartans to give the reader some
insight to their personality and identity.
The book then goes into great detail about everything that had anything
to do with the Greek and Persian relationship leading up to the battle. Bradford's