Alexander the Great by E. E. Rice

By E. E. Rice

King Alexander III 'the Great' of Macedon used to be one of many maximum army commanders the realm has ever identified. This publication seeks to dispel a few of the myths that have grown up round him and to supply an updated account of his existence. This contains the Macedonian heritage and Alexander's early years, his campaigns in Thrace and Illyria and the destruction of Thebes, the invasion of the Persian Empire and the battles which resulted in its conquest, his expeditions to India and at last his demise in Babylon. Dr Rice additionally assesses Alexander's character, and gives a precis of his legacy to the western global.

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I have not found a single letter from the Algerian period. And, in spite of my efforts, I have not been able to locate even the least document from the schools that Derrida attended. But I have been lucky enough to have access to four valuable witnesses from those distant years: René and Janine Derrida – Jackie’s older brother and his sister – and his cousin Micheline Lévy, as well as Fernand Acharrok, one of his closest friends from that period. In 1930, the year of Derrida’s birth, Algeria celebrated in great pomp the centenary of its conquest by the French.

Aimé Derrida was a rather taciturn man, without much authority, who hardly ever protested against the power of the matriarchs. ‘It’s Hotel Patch here,’ he would sometimes say, mysteriously, when the women dolled themselves up a bit too much for his taste. 19 War had been declared, though as yet without much impact on Algerian territory, when tragedy struck the Derrida family. Jackie’s young brother Norbert, who had just turned two, was laid low by tubercular meningitis. Aimé did everything in his power to save him, consulting several doctors, but the child died on 26 March 1940.

5 In the weeks immediately following this hardening of anti-Semitic measures, the war took a major turn in Algeria. On the night of 7–8 November 1942, American troops landed in North Africa. In Algiers, fierce fighting broke out between the Vichy forces, who did not hesitate to shoot at the Allies, and groups of resistance fighters led by José Aboulker, a twenty-two-year-old medical student. Derrida gave a detailed account of that day to Hélène Cixous: At dawn, we started to hear gunfire. There was an official resistance on the French side, there were French gendarmes, French soldiers who pretended to be going off to fight the English and Americans coming in from Sidi Ferruch.

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