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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: BANTAM BOOKS
  • ASIN: B000TXJZJA
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,401,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As usual, his love for history shines through.
Matthew J. Brennan
On the whole this is an excellent biography of Hannibal, an excellent history in general, and a good treatise on warfare of the day.
MOTU Review
This is a short and concise history of Hannibal and is well worth reading, especially for fans of history.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 10, 2003
Format: Audible Audio Edition
This is the first biography I've read of Hannibal, but it probably won't be the last. I very much enjoyed the book, especially after Alps. The beginning is a bit slow and tedious, but it necessary to understand the more interesting part in the middle. Taking the elephants over the alps was really the least of Hannibal's many achievements, and Lamb makes this clear. He discusses a number of persistent myths and probable myths, including the idea that Carthage intentionally left Hannibal unaided out of political jealousy on the part of it's council. From Lamb's account, it seems likely that Carthage did all she could, but the city was mercantile in nature and had very little military aid to give. Hannibal probably succeeded in giving her another 40 years of peace before the inevitable jealous annihilation by Rome.
Lamb also spends a fair amount of text on the curious parallels between Skipio Africanus (not to be confused with the Skipio who eventually sacked Carthage; that was an adopted grandson) and Hannibal. Lamb traces Skipio's rise to power, his work in putting Rome back on her feet to face Hannibal, his conquest of Africa, and his eventually disillusionment with Rome and self-imposed exile. He died in the same year as his old enemy.
In addition to being a great story, the audible recording is exceptionally clear and easy to understand in a tape adaptor.

The book was thoughtful and well-written. The reason I give it four stars rather than five is that Lamb's analysis at the end leaves something to be desired. He tries to make the point that Hannibal was the greatest proven general who ever lived. He says that the only other general worth comparing him to is Alexander because both Hannibal and Alexander maintained an army on a hostile continent for decades.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr D. on March 7, 2005
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Hannibal

Years and years ago, when I was in elementary school I was fascinated by the saga of Hannibal Barca. (Yes they actually taught history then, geography too!) His was a story of which legends are born. Several years later I read a book on Hannibal by Harold Lamb simply titled Hannibal.

Harold Lamb - now deceased - was a historical writer. He wrote numerous books about intriguing subjects like The Crusades, Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan, Tamerlane, Alexander, Charlemagne, Fredrick the Great, Cyrus the Great and on and on, most of which I read. While I did receive a rudimentary background on all these characters and events in school, it was Harold Lamb that really brought these historical icons to life and of all of these larger than life legends, nobody did more with less than Hannibal Barca.

I'm sure many of you readers are probably familiar with the popular football parlance "The Best Defense Is a Good Offense". Well Hannibal was no football player but he sure utilized that theory. Hell, he invented it when, as a defensive maneuver, the great Carthaginian General crossed the Alps with a diverse army of forty thousand men and forty Elephants in the winter of 218 BC to confront Carthage's bitter enemy, fast rising power Rome. Most of his Elephants and many of his men perished on this trip.

Rome was a bully, an implacable foe and saw Carthage the only power on the horizon as a threat. Carthage was a prosperous city state of peaceful sea faring traders located directly south of Sicily, across the Mediterranean Sea, on the African coast (near present day Tunis).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MOTU Review on June 16, 2008
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Hannibal is Harold Lamb's biography of the Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca. Hannibal is an enigmatic figure. Most of what we know about him was recorded by his enemies, and Lamb has taken innumerable accounts into consideration.

This book chiefly covers the Second Punic War (218-201 B.C.). Hannibal crossed the Alps, a feat which became legend, and ran amok in Italy years, defeating all comers (and many Roman commanders tried and failed to defeat him). Lamb gives great attention to Hannibal versus Scipio Africanus. This book also covers Hannibal's return to Carthage and later exile to the Eastern Mediterranean.

Lamb's writing is dry at times, and Hannibal can seem like a textbook. But Lamb does a fantastic job of providing historical context, and he is excellent in his description of battles and strategy. He also does a solid job of showing the personalities of Hannibal and the various Roman commanders.

On the whole this is an excellent biography of Hannibal, an excellent history in general, and a good treatise on warfare of the day.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MOTU Review on June 16, 2008
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Hannibal is Harold Lamb's biography of the Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca. Hannibal is an enigmatic figure. Most of what we know about him was recorded by his enemies, and Lamb has taken innumerable accounts into consideration.

This book chiefly covers the Second Punic War (218-201 B.C.). Hannibal crossed the Alps, a feat which became legend, and ran amok in Italy years, defeating all comers (and many Roman commanders tried and failed to defeat him). Lamb gives great attention to Hannibal versus Scipio Africanus. This book also covers Hannibal's return to Carthage and later exile to the Eastern Mediterranean.

Lamb's writing is dry at times, and Hannibal can seem like a textbook. But Lamb does a fantastic job of providing historical context, and he is excellent in his description of battles and strategy. He also does a solid job of showing the personalities of Hannibal and the various Roman commanders.

On the whole this is an excellent biography of Hannibal, an excellent history in general, and a good treatise on warfare of the day.

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