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The Ghosts of Cannae by Robert L. O'Connell
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Sep 21, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction-read
Read in September, 2010

O'Connell did an excellent job of creating a narrative from incomplete and biased sources without attempting to hide the shortcomings of those sources. He also put the battle which forms the centerpiece of the book into its historical context in such a way that made his conjectures about its effects on the development of the later Roman Empire quite plausible. I enjoyed his comparisons of the Punic Wars to modern historical events and found the book well written and a pleasure to read.

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