Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy(amazon)
Donald Kagan (View Bio)
Hardcover: The Free Press, 1990; Paperback: The Free Press, 1998.
"Pericles is the greatest of subjects, Kagan the best qualified to write on him, his book wonderful reading." — C. Vann Woodward
"Masterly ...a concise introduction to the political life of Athens in its moment of greatest glory and greatest peril." — Commentary
"Learned and passionate ...sure to cause controversy." — Library Journal
"Kagan draws on ancient sources as if they were a phone call away, re-creating Pericles as a vibrant model for current democratic leaders." — Philadelphia Inquirer