Hannibal: The Military Biography of Rome's Greatest Enemy

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Potomac Books, Inc., 28 de fev de 2011 - 288 páginas
The Romans' destruction of Carthage after the Third Punic War erased any Carthaginian historical record of Hannibal's life. What we know of him comes exclusively from Roman historians who had every interest in minimizing his success, exaggerating his failures, and disparaging his character. The charges leveled against Hannibal include greed, cruelty and atrocity, sexual indulgence, and even cannibalism. But even these sources were forced to grudgingly admit to Hannibal's military genius, if only to make their eventual victory over him appear greater.

Yet there is no doubt that Hannibal was the greatest Carthaginian general of the Second Punic War. When he did not defeat them outright, he fought to a standstill the best generals Rome produced, and he sustained his army in the field for sixteen long years without mutiny or desertion. Hannibal was a first-rate tactician, only a somewhat lesser strategist, and the greatest enemy Rome ever faced. When he at last met defeat at the hands of the Roman general Scipio, it was against an experienced officer who had to strengthen and reconfigure the Roman legion and invent mobile tactics in order to succeed. Even so, Scipio's victory at Zama was against an army that was a shadow of its former self. The battle could easily have gone the other way. If it had, the history of the West would have been changed in ways that can only be imagined. Richard A. Gabriel's brilliant new biography shows how Hannibal's genius nearly unseated the Roman Empire.
 

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1 A WARRIORS LIFE
1
2 HANNIBALS ARMY
21
3 THE ORIGINS OF WAR
57
4 HANNIBALS STRATEGY
83
5 THE INVASION OF ITALY
101
6 CARTHAGINIAN BLITZKRIEG
121
7 THE ITALIAN CAMPAIGN
159
8 THE END OF HANNIBAL
183
9 WHY HANNIBAL FAILED
211
Epilogue
219
Notes
223
Bibliography
249
Index
259
About the Author
271
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Richard A. Gabriel is a distinguished professor in the Department of History and War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada and in the Department of Defence Studies at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. He was a professor of history and politics at the U.S. Army War College and held the Visiting Chair in Military Ethics at the Marine Corps University. Dr. Gabriel is a former U.S. Army officer and the author of more than forty books including Scipio Africanus: Rome's Greatest General, Thutmose III: The Military Biography of Egypt's Greatest Warrior King, Philip II of Macedonia: Greater Than Alexander, and Hannibal: The Military Biography of Rome's Greatest Enemy, all published by Potomac Books, Inc. He lives in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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