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Hannibal and Me: What History's Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us About Success and Failu re Paperback – February 5, 2013
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"Hannibal and Me" reads like a Western interpretation of Taoist and (some) Buddhist philosophy. It's no accident that the book's final paragraphs include a passage from the Bhagavad Gita, and talk about equanimity and self-actualization, the abilities of a person to remain level-headed throughout their life, both during the short- and long-term. These final paragraphs sum up Kluth's admiration for those people who can control their emotions, feel satisfied, live in the moment, and be content with their lot. Self-actualization is Kluth's modern interpretation of the Eastern monk's daily routine of meditation, of 'chop wood and carry water.' The whole book is a journey of ideas that culminates in these final paragraphs.
The strength of "Hannibal and Me" lies in its organization. The book is structured to chronologically progress through Hannibal's triumphs and failures, and in the process it references other figures' -- Steve Jobs, Eleanor Roosevelt, the explorer Shackleton, Einstein, the novelist Amy Tan, Kluth's uncle Erhard (a former head of W. Germany), Tiger Woods, Tennessee Williams, and many, many others -- parallel life situations. Kluth even references his own life, which gives the book the flavor of a memoir.Read more ›
Mr. Kluth draws parallels with many other famous people from antiquity (e.g. Cleopatra) to the modern (e.g. Tiger Woods) as he chronicologically works through specific milestones in Hannibal's life to draw parallels between how these different people achieved success and failure in various stages of their lives much like Hannibal did.
Mr. Kluth aptly demonstrates there are different methods of achieving success. Some people achieve greatness through great acts of insight or daring early in life while others take smaller, more methodical, steps and achieve it later in life. Some others stumble through their youth to do great things later in life through a combination of small steps and insight or daring.
He also emphysizes success can be a proverbial double-edged sword where even if a life goal is reached, there needs to be a strategy to cope with what comes after or the success could ultimately become a failure (which Mr. Kluth terms an imposter).
Hannibal and Scipio (the Roman general that ultimately defeated Hannibal) both had brilliant military careers and yet both ultimately became persona non grata to the respective aspiring empires they dedicated their youth to. If you aren't mindful of the larger picture beyond your immediate struggles, you can have great triumphs and successes during your life and yet die with nothing.
There is something in this book for everyone regardless of whether you are interested in Hannibal or not.
This is not just a book about Hannibal, we all have a little Hannibal in us, it is a book about awakening the insightful, innovative, and driven Hannibal in you.
Mr. Kluth's ability to take us from the ancient lands of Carthage and Rome to the modern tactical discipline of Tiger Woods creates a fantastic voyage through time and into the lives of many remarkable historical and modern personalities. His stories flow effortlessly bringing us into Cleopatra's mind as an ambitious seductress and Einstein's self-imposed imprisonment. His words are entertaining while educating and transforming one's outlook.
Most compelling is Mr. Kluth's skill in reforming our understanding of success and failure. By traveling in the footsteps of other's trials and tribulations, we come to see the concept of success as a prison and failure as a liberation. In a sense, he challenges us to rethink our current goals, to refocus on the tee and to let go of the chains disguised as success.
At a time when many people are staring at adversity and their own Swiss Alps to cross, Hannibal and Me is inspiring and uplifting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really fascinating read combining some great life skills and the incredible story of Hannibal and the unsung hero of the Romans, Scipio.Published 9 months ago by Gary
I laughed often as I read this book as I saw myself and friends as the characters. It's a good leveller for anyone who has had success.....or perceived failure. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sean
Excellent study, studded with stories of mostly well-known figures and how they navigated the successes and failures of life. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really enjoyed this book~ some great lesson of history told through the lives of some of history's giants.
Received exactly what I expected, quickly. Would gladly do business again. Thanks!Published 19 months ago by Jon Hall
An absolutely brilliant book. The deepest insights into failure and success are woven into the history and it reads as a great story and at once a close analysis of what seeming... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Chandru Mahtani