Ancient Persia by Matt Waters

Ancient Persia: A Concise History of the Achaemenid Empire, 550-330 BCE - Matthew Waters

Matt Waters provides a detailed but brief historical overview of the Achaemenid period, 550-330 BCE. The author also examines the many interpretive problems historians face in constructing and understanding its history, especially since much of the history of this period is gained from Greek, rather than Persian sources. Interesting and informative. For a less scholarly text, try Persian Fire by Tom Holland.