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There is some Hannibal in us all,
This review is from: Hannibal and Me: What History's Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us About Success and Failu re (Hardcover)
Hannibal and Me is about taking the time to contemplate where you are in life and where you would like to be. Mr. Kluth uses Hannibal as a historical metaphore for understanding your obstacles, confronting them on your terms, and being diligent and focused in overcoming them.
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.
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Initial post: Jan 16, 2015 8:52:18 PM PST
Donald P. Reed says:
A comparison (or any argued connection/relationship) of Hannibal to Tiger Woods makes about as much sense as George Washington to Elmer Fudd.
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