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Editorial Reviews

"Here, at last, is a biography worthy of one of history's most fascinating figures, whose crossing of the Alps with elephants to take on the mighty Roman Empire has captured imaginations for more than two thousand years. Written with a verve Hannibal would have admired, John Prevas's absorbing masterpiece will grip you from beginning to end." (Steve Forbes, best-selling author and editor in chief of Forbes magazine)

Publisher's Summary

According to the ancient sources, Hannibal was nine years old when his father led him to the temple at Carthage and dipped the young boy's hands in the blood of the sacrificial victim. Before those gods, Hannibal swore an oath of eternal hatred toward Rome.

Few images in history have managed to capture and hold the popular imagination quite like that of Hannibal, the fearless North African, perched on a monstrous elephant, leading his mercenaries over the Alps and then, against all odds, descending the ice-covered peaks to challenge Rome in her own backyard for mastery of the ancient world. It was a bold move, and it established Hannibal as one of history's greatest commanders. But this same brilliant tactician is also one of history's most tragic figures; fate condemned him to win his battles but not his war against Rome.

An internationally recognized expert on Hannibal for nearly 30 years, historian John Prevas has visited every Hannibal-related site and mountain pass, from Tunisia to Italy, Spain to Turkey, seeking evidence to dispel the myths surrounding Hannibal's character and his wars.

Hannibal's Oath is an easily listenable yet comprehensive biography of this iconic military leader - an epic account of a monumental and tragic life.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©2017 John Prevas (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Fascinating, authoritative, and an absolute joy to read, Hannibal's Oath is the definitive account of one of history's most enigmatic and important figures. A must for every lover of history, adventure, and unparalleled intrigue. No one brings history to life like John Prevas!" (Brad Thor, number one New York Times best-selling author of Use of Force)

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This was a fun listen. A little repetitive at times, but enjoyable nonetheless. Seems like this guy did his homework and does a fantastic job of bringing the ancient world to life. The narrator was a little too American sounding for my taste. But he performed admirably as well.

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  • Rogtan
  • 04-05-18

The Roman's Nightmare

Magnificent History but read in a monotone that I found hard and some strange pronunciation.