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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Corey
  • Brookyln, NY, United States
  • 04-12-12

Wow

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.

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  • Glenn
  • Richmond Hill, ON, Canada
  • 02-05-12

Entertaining while making you think

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.

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Strategies and tactics for Kipling's 'If'.

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'.

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  • David
  • Spring, Texas, United States
  • 02-11-12

Interesting book

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.

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Greatest practical history book

This book takes timeless classic historical takes of Hannibal and Scipio along with biographical takes of dozens of other great leaders and distills their stories into concise, practical guides to start living a better and more interesting life today. Most read, and reread every year or so. This is a hidden gem

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Really good book about Hannibal's campaign against Rome and how it can apply to our everyday life (in regards to your successes and failures). This isn't an in-depth biography on Hannibal Barca but it does give you more than the basics about Hannibal's campaigns (i.e. it does a good job on introducing you to Hannibal). The author also incorporates the interplay between Hannibal, Scipio, and Fabius, in addition to revealing the stories of other historical people (not related to this theater) and how they dealt with their successes and failures.

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  • Joshua
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • 08-23-16

Hannibal and Me

Lots of rich historical story telling and some personal insights the author explains through learning about the victories and setbacks of Hannibal.

A worthy reading experience full of useful knowledge.

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Hannibal can teach us a lot!

History should repeat itself! There is much to learn from all of our ancestors that have gone before.

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  • Jill
  • Bismarck, ND, United States
  • 06-12-15

entertaining and thought provoking.

As a HS history and psychology teacher this was an incredible combination that had great tie into current beliefs and trends.

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Success and Failure analyized throught stories

If you could sum up Hannibal and Me in three words, what would they be?

One of the best ever. It made me realize that it is never to late to revisit your strategy, especially if one has gone through life thinking tactically.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author.

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

Great job

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Why one should think both strategically and tactically.

Any additional comments?

I loved the way the Kluth compares Hannibal with the various other historical figures, including himself. I was rememorized and have listened to the book several times.