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excellent. bulk of this book is about the last year of the Peloponnesian War, and emphasis on a court-martual of two Athenian generals presided by Socrates as the judge (epistatus) . The Athenian courtroom drama illustrates the degradation of Athenian democracy over the course of the Peloponnesian War and this sham car against the two victorious generals and subsequent execution led directly to the Conquest and Siege of Athens by the Spartans.
Dramatized reconstruction of the final tragedy of the Peloponnesian War: At the very end, after surviving disaster upon disaster, the people of Athens were so intent on assigning blame and seeking immediate advantage against political opponents that they threw away their last real chance. The author does a great job of filling in the background and navigating the twists, as everything inexorably goes to hell in a handbasket.