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.
“[This book] has never been bettered.” (Michael Grant, author of History of Rome)
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.
The Intuitive Warrior Author
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.
His strategy for crossing of the Alps.
The account of the famous strategic battle of Cannae. The author gave excellent insight into all the major characters involved in the action.
The tragic inability of Hannibal to receive the support from Carthage he needed to finish the Roman army and force a peace agreement.
I hope audible releases all the books of the author in Audible format
I do not know much about the author and can only infer the following from listening to the book:
He loves detail and not the story. Descriptions of formations, weapons etc were overdone while tactical and strategic goals (an the rest of the story) are dilluted. It is tough to put into words, however, the author uses 150 words to describe something that should take 10 words. The verbosity causes the reader to lose focus on the important things (why Hannibal was so successful and what made him tick). The author obviously researched Hannibal quite a bit and that is how the book reads….like an overcooked research paper. In short this book is comparable to the story of the guy who worries about the stain on his shirt while he is standing on the deck of a sinking ship….
A real character actor who has real voice inflection. The narrator has a monotone voice and mispronounces or over enunciates often.
The book is far from inspirational.
I read at least a book a week (hard copy) and one audible book per month....this book is the most boring book I have read in at least 5 years. I have no idea why people have rated the book so grandly...it put me to sleep often while driving in DC traffic.
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