- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; First Printing edition (September 13, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812978676
- ISBN-13: 978-0812978674
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 124 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic Paperback – September 13, 2011
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“[O’Connell] is able to put himself and his reader on the ground at Cannae, gagging in the heat of a southern Italian midsummer, assailed by an overload from every one of the five senses.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Dramatic and comprehensive . . . O’Connell has established the new standard for studies of the second conflict between Rome and Carthage.”—Publishers Weekly
“[O’Connell] writes with clarity about an era shrouded in speculation.”—Providence Journal-Bulletin
About the Author
Robert L. O’Connell has worked as a senior analyst at the National Ground Intelligence Center, as a contributing editor to MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, and most recently as a visiting professor at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is the author of Of Arms and Men: A History of War, Weapons, and Aggression; Sacred Vessels: The Cult of the Battleship and the Rise of the U.S. Navy; Ride of the Second Horseman: The Birth and Death of War; Soul of the Sword: An Illustrated History of Weaponry and Warfare from Prehistory to the Present; and the novel Fast Eddie.
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I know that Amazon.com has tried to push back on problems with greedy and scared publishers. I do not blame Amazon.com for this situation. In the future, book readers and independents publishers, especially e-books will take over the book world. The big 6 "publishers of greed" will collapse with their idiotic policies. Just think, on your way up as an independent thinker you can wave at mean-spirited Neanderthal-types on their way down.
As for the kindle version, this book was poorly done. I typically read from my Kindle when I am at home or extended travel and from my iPhone during my daily commute and routine travel. This book includes frequent, large hyperlinks to the end notes. Often these hyperlinks are in the position on the page that an iPhone reader would hit to turn the page. Once this hyperlink is followed, it becomes 'the furthest page read' thus ruining synchronization between multiple reading devices. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to correct this. Also, it appears that the publisher has limited the content to only be read simultaneously on two devices. Had I know either of these things, I would not have purchased the book. This should be fixed immediately.
The Battle of Cannae (216 B.C.) was a devastating defeat and an enormous loss of life to The Roman Empire. Yet the author argues that no matter how brilliant tactician Hannibal was, he seriously misjudged the Roman resilience and resources. How could he not? How many armies one has to beat, how many soldiers to kill, how many territories to conquer before winning it all? One of his biggest mistakes during his long campaign was not attempting the siege of Rome after the won battle and forcing the budding empire to admit complete defeat. (To his defense, he had no siege equipment or expertise and could not afford tedious attrition warfare...). Then, he allowed the Roman battle lines to re-form before the climax of The Battle of Zama (202 B.C.) (Here the master of envelopment did not anticipate the quick return of the notoriously weak Roman cavalry). The title cleverly refers both to the condemned, then redeemed Roman veteran survivors of Cannae and the Roman decisions that became the seeds of the end of the Republic. Hannibal lost the war, but he induced an archetype of a character that could beat him and later challenge the power of the Senate by crossing an insignificant and shallow river named Rubicon. There is so much else to learn about here: the economic dynamics of Rome and Carthage, political conflicts, divisions in the respective leaderships, military history, the personalities of Hannibal, Scipio, Masinissa and Syphax along with countless and hapless Roman generals, a femme fatale (Sophonisba), battles, traps, ambushes, schemes, shifting alliances, and above all: panicking elephants. This is what a memorable historical account should be. An enthusiastic two thumbs (and two halluces) up!