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Hannibal and Me: What History's Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us About Success and Failure

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A dynamic and exciting way to understand success and failure, through the life of Hannibal, one of history's greatest generals.

The life of Hannibal, the Carthaginian general who crossed the Alps with his army in 218 B.C.E., is the stuff of legend. And the epic choices he and his opponents made-on the battlefield and elsewhere in life-offer lessons about responding to our victories and our defeats that are as relevant today as they were more than 2,000 years ago. A big new idea ...

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Hannibal and Me: What History's Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us About Success and Failure

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Overview

A dynamic and exciting way to understand success and failure, through the life of Hannibal, one of history's greatest generals.

The life of Hannibal, the Carthaginian general who crossed the Alps with his army in 218 B.C.E., is the stuff of legend. And the epic choices he and his opponents made-on the battlefield and elsewhere in life-offer lessons about responding to our victories and our defeats that are as relevant today as they were more than 2,000 years ago. A big new idea book inspired by ancient history, Hannibal and Me explores the truths behind triumph and disaster in our lives by examining the decisions made by Hannibal and others, including Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Ernest Shackleton, and Paul Cézanne-men and women who learned from their mistakes.

By showing why some people overcome failure and others succumb to it, and why some fall victim to success while others thrive on it, Hannibal and Me demonstrates how to recognize the seeds of success within our own failures and the threats of failure hidden in our successes. The result is a page-turning adventure tale, a compelling human drama, and an insightful guide to understanding behavior. This is essential reading for anyone who seeks to transform misfortune into success at work, at home, and in life.

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"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594486593
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 208,132
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Andreas Kluth has been writing for The Economist since 1997. He is currently the magazine's U.S. West Coast correspondent, covering politics, society, and economy in California and the western states. A dual citizen of Germany and the United States, Kluth is a graduate of Williams College and the London School of Economics.

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Table of Contents

1 Hannibal and Me 1

2 The Influence of Parents 19

3 Do You Need A Goal? 44

4 Towering Peaks 67

5 The Art of Winning 92

6 Tactics and Strategy in Life 119

7 Dealing with Disaster 144

8 The Prison of Success 169

9 The Liberation of Failure 192

10 The Threshold of Middle Age 217

11 Political Death 243

12 Aging and Transcending 265

13 The Lessons of Hannibal 284

Acknowledgments 299

Notes 301

Bibliography 315

Index 319

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