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Hannibal

A History of the Art of War among the Carthaginians and Romans Down to the Battle of Pydna, 168 BC, with a Detailed Account of the Second Punic War
Narrated by: Bill Wallace
Length: 20 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: History, Ancient History
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Hannibal is often considered the finest general the world has ever known. Setting out from Carthaginian-dominated Spain with a small army of select troops, he fought his way over the Pyrenees and crossed the Alps with elephants and a full baggage train. Descending into Italy, he destroyed the main Roman army at Lake Trasimeno and came close to conquering Rome itself. At Cannae, Hannibal’s brilliant cavalry tactics enabled him to destroy a reassembled Roman army, and his subsequent defeats over a 15-year stay in Italy were due more to lack of sufficient support from home than to any failings of generalship.

Theodore Ayrault Dodge’s classic history, first published in 1891, is equally perceptive of Hannibal’s military prowess and his visionary character. Dodge followed Hannibal’s route from Carthage to Italy, paying particular attention to the famous crossing of the Alps, exploring every pass in order to determine Hannibal’s route. In this book, he wrote an entire history of the art of war among these two mighty armies. Hannibal remains unequaled as the most comprehensive and readable study of history’s greatest general.

Public Domain (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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“[This book] has never been bettered.” (Michael Grant, author of History of Rome)

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Everything you would want to know with no extra colour

This book does not give any time to half truths and it makes it all the more interesting for it, anything that has been a point of contention between other scholars is clearly mentioned and is taken into account.

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The myth of Roman virtue.

Many of the author's assumptions have since been looked at more cynically. For example, the author states that it was an honour for Italian Socii to serve in the Roman military, and that the Romans' prohibition of service to those who defected to Hannibal, was a shameful punishment. Would it not be more realistic to say that they were prohibited from service, not as punishment, but because their loyalty and morale were questionable? How could it have been an honour to be conquered and conscripted into the service of a foreign nation? The Socii were not enfranchised until after the Social War, but it seems the author has brought forward in time the later Italo-Roman identity, to serve the myth of Rome as one which coincides with the ideal of Northern-centric American Federalism.

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excellent

fantastic work and well narrated, this is highly recommended as a balanced approach to the life and battles of Hannibalance

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  • Michael Jaco
  • 03-09-12

Top notch book from the past.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The detail in this book was amazing. I've found few books dealing with this subject that had the detail and insight provided by the author. Not only was the author a civil war veteran giving his insight to battle strategy but he had also studied the accounts of ancient authors and visited the battle sites. Because the book was written in the late 1800's the fog of time was not as thick as it is now. I also enjoyed the authors insights from his perspective as an officer and how different tactics from the American civil war were similar or different. Overall outstanding book to listen to and I wish all the books by this author were available on the audible format. If they were I'd buy them all because this book was that engrossing and informative.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hannibal?

His strategy for crossing of the Alps.

Which scene was your favorite?

The account of the famous strategic battle of Cannae. The author gave excellent insight into all the major characters involved in the action.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The tragic inability of Hannibal to receive the support from Carthage he needed to finish the Roman army and force a peace agreement.

Any additional comments?

I hope audible releases all the books of the author in Audible format

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  • Turf1996
  • 06-02-15

History in brief, politicians in detail

History in brief. Not a detailed military text, maneuvers given in broad detail. Fairly dry material and preformed in a like manner.
Details on roman organization, arms and politicians. Hero worship of Hannibal throughout.

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  • John
  • 22-02-17

Great Book

A comprehensive military history of one of the greatest field generals of all time. I could literally picture all of the battles in my head.

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  • Vinicius Toyohashi
  • 28-02-19

An ok book about Hannibal

This book was so detailed, it is definitely a great work but it become so boring that I could not finish it. I would be more satisfied if this book would be more exciting instead of too focused in boring details soo often with almost no action in relation to details given.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-18

Great book if you can speak french

Autor likes to quote Napoleon in french. He apparently also wrote a book on Alexander the Great which he refers several times for example: instead of explaining how phalanx works he just says to see his previous work on Alexander ....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-05-18

Guideofmontenegro

Great book, very detailed account and smart and educated analysis of the 2nd Punic war.

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  • lucia anello
  • 06-04-18

Punic Wars explained the right way.

This book is great if you what to learn more about one the most interesting conflicts in history. You can really notice that the author knows a lot about the subject and he constantly adds valuable insight of his own (since he was a veteran of the American Army). Bill Wallace does an amazing job narrating and he was a good pick for the job because the author probably had the same accent.
In conclusion, i truly believe this is a great audiobook and it was worth the money.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-07-20

Solid easy listen

Was overall very pleased, the one exception being that the author quotes Napoleon in French but doesn't give translation.

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  • U-God
  • 28-12-19

Extremely detailed

Theres a ton of information in this book and its presented very well. In the world of military history there are some open questions surrounding some decisions Hannibal made, most notably his decision to not march on Rome. This book provides a wealth of information that, to me, makes it clear why he did not. This attention to detail is quite possibly the best part of the book.

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  • Jeff
  • 23-11-16

Comprehensive Detail

Excellent content but perhaps a little biased in favor of Hannibal. Even so, the author went into great detail and provided enough reason to justify his opinions.

The narrator was clear most of the time, but sometimes spoke too softly near the end of his sentences. I frequently found myself messing with the volume.