The Punic Wars

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"In this book, Adrian Goldsworthy chronicles the wars that shaped the Western World. Each of the wars are described in detail: the long stalemate over Sicily in the First Punic War (264-241BC), the titanic struggle which saw Hannibal beaten back from the very edge of victory in the Second Punic War (218-202BC), and the final carnage of the Third Punic War (149-146BC) which ended in the destruction of Carthage. The political background to the conflict as a whole, the grand strategies of the generals and the brutal realities of close-contact
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"In this book, Adrian Goldsworthy chronicles the wars that shaped the Western World. Each of the wars are described in detail: the long stalemate over Sicily in the First Punic ... War (264-241BC), the titanic struggle which saw Hannibal beaten back from the very edge of victory in the Second Punic War (218-202BC), and the final carnage of the Third Punic War (149-146BC) which ended in the destruction of Carthage. The political background to the conflict as a whole, the grand strategies of the generals and the brutal realities of close-contact fighting on the ground and at sea are all clearly described. The great pitched battles are covered in especial detail, notably Hannibal's 'perfect' victory at Cannae in 216 which has remained an inspiration for commanders across the world ever since."--BOOK JACKET. Read more Show Less

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"In this book, Adrian Goldsworthy chronicles the wars that shaped the Western World. Each of the wars are described in detail: the long stalemate over Sicily in the First Punic War (264-241BC), the titanic struggle which saw Hannibal beaten back from the very edge of victory in the Second Punic War (218-202BC), and the final carnage of the Third Punic War (149-146BC) which ended in the destruction of Carthage. The political background to the conflict as a whole, the grand strategies of the generals and the brutal realities of close-contact fighting on the ground and at sea are all clearly described. The great pitched battles are covered in especial detail, notably Hannibal's 'perfect' victory at Cannae in 216 which has remained an inspiration for commanders across the world ever since."--BOOK JACKET.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780304359677
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.41 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2003

    amazing writer hannibal would have loved it!

    mr goldsworthy took us of a time machine with his book . he broke down all three wars in detail if you have never read anything on the punic wars this book will make you an expert his detail on the battle of cannae made me feel like i had a sword in my hand and were fighting romans too. great book hope they use his input in the upcoming movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    Excellent

    I didn't know much about the Punic Wars before reading this book, and enjoyed it very much. I appreciated the balanced assessment of both primary sources and reductive modern explanations.

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