The lives of Hannibal and his Roman enemies are the stuff of legend. But these classic stories contain truths with relevance today: The seeds of our successes lie in our failures, and within our successes are the kernels of our failure. Knowing how to recognize these paradoxes will help us to be more effective at work, at school, at home, and with others.
A big new idea book that springs from ancient history, Hannibal and Me explores these exciting ideas by analyzing the experiences of Hannibal and others who made their mark on history. By turns a riveting adventure tale, a compelling human drama, and an insightful guide to understanding behavior, this is essential listening for successful people and for those who seek to transform misfortune into success.
©2011 Andreas Kluth (P)2012 Tantor
"Realistic and timely, Kluth's book uses historic truths to move us past the frequent traps of success and failure to mold practical, productive lives." (Publishers Weekly)
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Hannibal and me is a truly inspiring work that I think everyone (particularly young men) should read it will really help you. The book isn't only about Hannibal many famous and historic characters make appearances in the novel each one teaching life lessons that are extremely deep and surprisingly useful. I guess if you had to call this novel anything it would be modern philosophy. Honeslty, whenever my friends and loved ones come to me with some sort of problem or tragedy I give them this book and tell them to read it. I do this because I know by the end they will find the answer they seek. I can't say anough good things about this book it's really amazing and I highly suggest you take some time out to read it.
I loved the rich historical stories and the many mini biographies from different eras. He looks past the individual accomplishment or defeat to judge success or failure of a person over a lifetime. Like statistics he drew his teachings from these stories while someone else could draw other conclusions. Overall highly recommended audio that looks at your own and famous peoples accomplishments in a different light. Entertaining while making you think.
I have always enjoyed stories of ancient Rome, and especially the story of Hannibal. This book gave me a new perspective on that familiar history. Kluth's account was true to the history, but still felt entirely original. The book is littered with biographies of disperse and seemingly unrelated figures in history that are used to accentuate specific philosophical points. I will no longer be able to think of Hannibal or Scipio or Fabius without also thinking of Kipling's 'If'.
I enjoyed the book very much. The way Kluth combines the life of Hannibal and other historical figures is fascinating. Overall a good read and a philosophical book worth the time.
In fact, I am listening to it right now. The brilliance of the work remains psychological gems the author derives from speculating on history's grey spots--unclear moments and events which don't have a clear why or how. The author connects historical stories from many time periods, showing psychological commonalities. A spiritual work, really.
inspired my thinking
history became relevant, alive, the story telling was magnificent. The narrator was a joy to listen to.
I think about people that I interact with, and try to understand their "history" . I was inspired to read ( or audio ) more biographies to expand my own knowledge.
I have recommended this title to many of my friends. I work out ( hiking and outdoor cardio ) while listening to audiobooks, and with this story, I was compelled to work out longer as I didn't want my sessions to end. I will again listen to this book after I have read about Eleanor Roosevelt. I had already read all of Amy Tan's books, so I was familiar with her as an author, but enjoyed learning more about her as a child. I also love ancient history, so of course, the story of Hannibal was great.
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