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Captain Basil Henry Liddell Hart (1895–1970) was one of the foremost military theorists of our time. His many books include Scipio Africanus, Lawrence of Arabia, The Rommel Papers, and Sherman (all available from Da Capo Press/ Perseus Books Group).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; n Reprint edition (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306813637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306813634
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
Hart's book makes a strong case for the consideration of Scipio Africanus Major as one of the truly great military commanders of history. I have spent a great deal of time reading ancient and military history and have always been annoyed at the lack of information about this historical figure. Plutarch, argueably the greatest biographer ever, when writing his 'Lives' (a comparison of noble greeks and romans) intentionally omitted a description of Scipio and his greek counterpart Epaminondas because he felt they were the supreme examples of their respective societies. When I was fortunate enough to find this title on Amazon, I bought it no questions asked. This book would be a bargain at twice the price. Hart does an excellent job of presenting Scipio's military career and specific engagements in detailed and entertaining fashion. The material will appeal to both the beginning and hardcore military history buff alike. His descriptions of specific tactics as well as examples of Scipio's personal integrity are thoroughlly entertaining. Machiavelli in his classic 'The Prince' described how Scipio attempted to emulate and imitate Cyrus ("the great" - ancient Persian commander). I believe, that Hart has made the case to consider Scipio as greater than not only Napoleon, but Cyrus, Alexander or Ceasar.
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Liddell-Hart has delivered a godsend for military enthusiasts & readers alike,by finely narrating the campaigns & quite convincingly the achievements of this brilliant & great but quite appropriately forgotten general.
One of the greatest crimes of this book is the way the author undermines the greatness of the other three immortals of military antiquity:Alexander,Hannibal & Caesar.Though I would not go into great length to prove this,point by point,I would humbly suggest readers that after reading this book,to please look for other sources on the great generals aforementioned,so one could compare & see things in a much better,clearer,more factual light.I strongly suggest reading Theodore Dodge's books on these men.For if one were to rely on this book as a main source,one would be terribly misguided into believing Scipio as the greatest man & general in history.Which is definitely not the case.When all is summed up,comparing him to his rival,the case paves to this irrefutable fact:Hannibal was the original,innovative master,& Scipo his greatest pupil.
My other criticism,in a more technical term,is the lack of more maps in the book to detail & highlight his campaigns.Maps detailing the maneuveres in the Battle of the Great Plains,the burning of the Carthaginian camps,the battle against Andobales in Spain,The Siege Of Cartagena,etc.,would have made it a more instructive & fulfilling book.
Other than these,I would say that this is the best book on Scipio ever written,a great contribution to humanity in fact,in the sense that it brings to every reader the importance & achievement of a great man who is almost forgotten in the annals of history.And convinces him.And for this alone deserves the highest merit.
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This was such an excellent book I had Amazon find the hardcover edition for my collection. Lidell-Hart has done an excellent job of a military review of Scipio. He has done a superb job of comparing Scipio's campaigns in Spain to the battles that were fought in Spain during the first world war. This is a very easy reading book while at the same time presenting the evidence found within Livy and Polybius in a very clear and concise manner. Although Lidell-Hart does not cite his evidence(I don't believe that this was as such a big deal at the start of the century that it is now) he does provide a bibliography of the ancient sources he used and it is pretty easy to follow if you have a good translation of Polybius. (The Rise of the Roman Empire would be best suited for reading before hand) Scipio who helped Rome to a fourth quater comeback (please excuse the footbal jargon)in perhaps one of her worst crisis and establish Rome as the military might of the Mediterranean world deserves his place in history and this book does a very fine job of doing just that.
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Scipio Africanus is not the general one usually associates with Rome, but after reading Hart's biography of him, I am convinced that he was Rome's greatest captain. Hart's analysis is clear and concise, and he covers all the aspects of Africanus' genius in detail. Not only was Scipio an unrivalled military genius, but also a skilled diplomat, and a man of vision. Undefeated in battle, Scipio not only conquered Rome's enemies, but through dimplomacy was able to gain powerful allies, and fulfill his vision, of an acient world dominated, but not controlled, by Rome. Unfortunately, his high moral character did not allow him to play the game of politics and therefore, he was cheated out of his rightful place in history.
Hart, after presenting a strong case for Scipio's sumpremacy, moves on to compare him to other great captains. I believe he convincingly shows that no other general in history achieved Scipio's understanding of the breadth of war, and it's ultimate goal of creating a lasting peace. For this reason, Hart concludes that Scipio is the greatest captain of all time. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to read about the greatest general they never heard of!
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