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Hannibal: The General from Carthage

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  109 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A scrupulous, astutely evaluative account of Rome's greatest foe: the Carthaginian general who became master of "well-nigh the whole of Italy" (Livy) but couldn't hold it down. Bradford (Nelson, The Shield & the Sword etc) necessarily draws on Polybius & Livy for much of his story--Hannibal's desire to avenge Carthage for Roman high-handedness at the close of the 1 ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published 1991 by Marboro Books/Dorset Press (NY) (first published November 30th 1980)
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Esteban del Mal
Jun 05, 2011 Esteban del Mal rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those with an interest in classical history
Hannibal ad portas!

Translation from Latin, "Hannibal is at the gates!" An expression used by Roman parents to frighten their children into obedience.


Hannibal was born six years before the end of the First Punic War to a distinguished Carthaginian family, the Barcas (a name that means "Thunderbolt" in the Punic tongue). The first Punic War is a war which saw the mercantile city Carthage humbled by the fledgling Roman Republic for control of the northern and western Mediterranean. The year of
This is the best biography of Rome's greatest antagonist, to date. Bradford is a vital companion to Livy in understanding the Punic Wars, through the eyes of its great champion.
Enjoyable and engaging look into the man behind a name that I had often heard, but had little previous insight into.
Erik Graff
Jan 06, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Punic War fans, Roman Republic fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: biography
After the only Loyola University Chicago graduation I ever attended (not my own), I picked up a discounted computer game based on the Punic Wars at a downtown Chicago software store. When, a few months later, I was laid off after fourteen years there, I, too depressed to do much else, played the stupid game again and again. This and the nagging shame of knowing a lot of Roman imperial history, but virtually no history of the Republican period, got me to pick up Bradford's biography of Hannibal a ...more
Neil Munday
A glimpse into the well of a man, a master strategist.
Pretty good biography of a fascinating figure. Author only uses Roman sources, but tries his best to balance their interpretations. Could have used a little more detail with the famous battles (and some better maps) but still a fairly interesting book.
Ernie Bradford manages to show the human side of one of history's greatest generals as well as a concise account of his major battles.

I loved the beginning and the ending even more.
Mark Dunstan
An excellent book that was the introduction to Hannibal and the Second Punic War for me, and led to my deeper study of the general and wars between Rome and Carthage.
Informative read about an amazing ancient military leader. Didn't provide quite the human social perspective I was hoping for, but still a good read.
A well written and short history of the Second Punic War.
Feb 18, 2012 Lorraine rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lorraine by: Virgil
A good history - very interesting view of warfare.
Fascinating, keeps your attention.
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