Scipio Africanus: Greater Than Napoleon

Scipio Africanus: Greater Than Napoleon

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by B.h. Liddell Hart

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An intensely interesting book. --Spectator  See more details below


An intensely interesting book. --Spectator

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Captain Basil Henry Liddell Hart (1895–1970) was one of the foremost military theorists of our time. His many books include Scipio Africanus, Lawrence of Arabia, The Rommel Papers, and Sherman (all available from Da Capo Press/ Perseus Books Group).

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Scipio Africanus 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
CrazyLegs More than 1 year ago
Liddel Hart does a great job highlighting the impact Scipio has on the Punic Wars vs. Hannibal. Hart's goal is to show you that Scipio was as great of a military leader, statesman, and person as Caesar, Napolean, and Alexander (among others). Not much information is available to get into detail on his early life, but Hart does well in detailing each of Scipio's military ventures in layman's terms. If you are a military history buff or avid reader of Ancient Rome, this bio on Scipio is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have two favorite historuian, Theodore Dodge and Phillip Freemsn. The former focuses on military aspects of the generals biographis he writes, Phillip Focuses more on the person the the percision of battlefield tactics They both wrote books on the very same three generals, Hannibal, Juliu Caeser And Alaxander The Great THIS Aurthor Hart, is in between both of these his style, but he writes of th captain the other two ommit when Scipio Rivaled them all Scipio by my two favorite authors is only mentioned as having defeated hannibal at Zama. But Scipio did much more that may not only rival hannibal but exceed him I heard reading Theodore Dodge than some put scipio on par o greater than Hannibal. But Scipio was in his early twenties with the bare minum of troops the sente could offer, and made a feint march then changed his direction and stormed the enemy base. Then, highly outnumbered, he defeated carthaginians army after army. Then when he marched on africa, Scipio was even more highly outnumdered split his army into a bulk and then a small group, and simultaniously attacked both carthaginian camps by storm when this idea was unheard of, With the defensse of a fort with romans in gaul they heald off ten times their number behind there walls, scipio was a madman with the gods on his side. After reading the three great captains i mentioned earlier, I cannot belive I have never heard of scipio, his use of ambushes, encircling an army with his force whil infantry engaged then taking by the rear. Waiting for the tides to be right so legionaires could mount ladders to new carthage (the enemy base) and take them from where they though was imposiible to attack. I have given you a brief overview and have not gotten into the very details of his ingenious tactics and strategy, I you want to know the True story of Scipio and Hannibal at Zama and what brought scipio to that point You will have to read the masterpiece this author has written.
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good read