Hannibal: A History of the Art of War Among the Carthaginians and Romans down to the Battle of Pydna, 168 B.C., with a Detailed Account of the Second Punic War

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Hannibal is often called 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. Theodore Dodge retraced this route from Carthage to Italy, paying particular attention to the famous crossing of the Alps, and wrote what remains unequalled as the most comprehensive and readable study of history's greatest general.

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Hannibal is often called 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. Theodore Dodge retraced this route from Carthage to Italy, paying particular attention to the famous crossing of the Alps, and wrote what remains unequalled as the most comprehensive and readable study of history's greatest general.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780306813627
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/29/2004
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 682
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.18 (d)

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Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Ayrault Dodge (1842–1909) served in the New York volunteer infantry during the Civil War. His books include Alexander, Hannibal, The Campaign of Chancellorsville, A Bird's Eye View of Our Civil War, Gustavus Adolphus, Cesar,and Napoleon (in four volumes).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    Greatest source for in depth military campaigns of Hannibal

    You may wonder why am am saying here and now that you can read this fantastic 700 page book name after a person and still know next to nothing about the person as an individual.

    Theodore Dodge (or Dodge as historians like to call him) is the if not one of the greatest authors of ancient warfare of all time. however the people who he rights about are only being focussed on one part of their lives. the role they played in their campagning as a general. You will get a brief overview of Hannibals background but the bulk of this book will be stateing what he did and why he did it.

    Expect to become familiar with how ancients organized their masses into military machines. Learn of how ambushes were succesful and how different ruses like feigned retreats are applied. Expect to learn about how supplys like rations can deal a deadlier blow than a lost battle. You will learn of how an army must protect itself whilst marching.

    After reading any of Theodoore Dodges books in their enirety you will have extensive knowledge on military terminology, aspects in ancient warfare that are essential to know when applying them in subject but are not taught conventually. And lastly what made the people Dodge wrote about so great that they as generals stand out in history for accomplishing the impossible.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2001

    A view into Hannibal's life and the Roman moral character in the days of the Republic

    Amazing, simply amazing. Starts off by coloring in the history of Carthage and Rome, and builds into Hannibal's legendary campaign against the Romans. Written by a colonel who fought in the Union Army during America's Civil War. The writing style is superior to that of _many_ current authors. Hannibal's military and political brilliance are shown, as is the character of the Roman citizenry. After reading this book, one gains an understanding into why Rome grew so powerful and ruled for so long. The author gives a glimpse into recent history by lapsing into French, often a paragraph at a time, and assuming that the reader knows what he's saying. (this was when French was the language of diplomacy). This book is quite readable, and VERY enjoyable. _Highly_ recommended and _definitely_ worth it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2003

    Excellent Book

    This book is very informative and easy to read. The author provides the facts, gives the sources of his information, and allows the reader to make up his own mind on issues that are not certain. At the same time, the author does include into the book his own expert analysis of issues relating to military campaigns and battles. The book paints as complete a picture of Hannibal as the facts allow, without going into speculation and guessing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2001

    Excellent reading!

    HANNIBAL is an excellent account of the Second Punic War. The author, who traveled all throughout Spain, France, Italy, and North Africa sheds light on many controversies, such as exactly where Hannibal crossed the Alps. Although this book was written in 1891, it is still excellent today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2001

    Excellent

    It was simultaneously thoroughly detailed and easy to read. I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.

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