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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (478 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert L. O’Connell Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Hannibal's battle plan at Cannae became the mother of all great battle strategies - the first battle of encirclement that has been imitated (often to disastrous effect) endlessly over the past two thousand years. In this brilliant, long-overdue, and beautifully written account, Robert L. O'Connell gives listeners an epic account of one of the most dramatic battles of antiquity.

The Ghosts of Cannae is at once a book about a specific battle (the massive defeat of a huge but inexperienced Roman army in southern Italy by Hannibal in 216 BC) and also an interpretation of the larger course of the Second Punic War, as well as an assessment of the historical impact of Rome's storied rivalry with Carthage. What ties the book together is the fate of the survivors, their treatment by the authorities in Rome, and ultimately their vindication nearly two decades later, when they defeated Hannibal at the decisive battle of Zama in North Africa. With an unforgettable cast of heroes and villains, The Ghosts of Cannae is history at its finest. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Colin Williams | 2/18/2014

    " The author does not know how to use the words "proverbial" or "literally,"but apart from that, it's an engrossing and critical look at Rome and Carthage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dave | 2/8/2014

    " Good book about Hannibal and the 2nd Punic war with Rome. Interesting insights into battle formations and strategies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John Nelson | 2/1/2014

    " A fascinating history of the greatest battle of annihilation and its aftermath. The battle was Cannae, where a Carthaginian army of about 50,000 soldiers defeated a better-equipped Roman army of 80,000, killing over 7/8 of the Romaan soldiers in the process. It was the high-water mark of Carthaginian military might, but turned in to the ultimate Pyhrric victory. The Carthaginian general Hannibal failed to follow up on the triumph by marching on Rome, the Romans raised another army, and Hannibal never again was able to threaten Rome's existence, though he did continue to operate in Italy for a number of years. Rome developed a deep-seated fear and hatred of Carthage after its epic defeat, which ultimately led to the total destruction of Carthage after the Third Punic War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Geoff | 1/15/2014

    " Really good look at the battles between Hannibal and Rome. A lot of interesting context about both Rome and Carthage. You're guaranteed to like this if you're a Roman history nerd, and if not you'll probably like it anyway, just a bit less. "

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About the Author

Robert L. O’Connell received a PhD in history at the University of Virginia and spent thirty years as a senior analyst at the National Ground Intelligence Center. He is presently a visiting professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and was a contributing editor to MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. He is the author of numerous books, including The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic; Of Arms and Men: A History of War, Weapons, and Aggression; and Soul of the Sword: An Illustrated History of Weaponry and Warfare from Prehistory to the Present.