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Scipio Africanus: Greater Than Napoleon Paperback – March 30, 2004
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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.
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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A great "historical" read - can't wait until the next book in the series is released!Published 2 months ago by Harry Kronenberg
I'm a rather obsessive history buff. While many periods are of interest to me, probably most interesting is the Roman Empire and WWI era. Read morePublished 3 months ago by VA 6
The history supports Hart's premise. Scipio was one cool general and statesman. I found the book a little difficult to read, mostly owing to the outdated vocabulary and syntax. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bryan A. Lane
Anybody interested in Ancient Rome should pick up a copy of this book. It's an excellent read of a remarkable general.Published 6 months ago by RRAlbizu
Liddell Hart writes a fascinating portrait on Scipio Africanus, one of the underrated generals in world history. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Du Nguyen
A brilliant blending of the historical records of Livy and Polybius, capped off with an insightful analysis of the general, man and statesman. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gregg M.
I rarely give reviews and this one will be short and to the point. Well written and researched with obvious respect for Scipio Africanus but not in any way does Mr. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Victor Smith
I purchased this book to read the other side of the story after completing Theodore Dodge's work on Hannibal, in which Scipio is poorly characterized and the outcome of the Africa... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bike Commuter