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Joe's rating: 3 Stars
This book struggled with what it is trying to be. At points Miles takes you back and vividly explains life in the Punic era, but then he switches gears and goes into a deep scholarly analysis of recent archeological evidence. And throughout the book Miles keeps making his arguments and reiterating them very thoroughly. So at times I felt as though I was reading a military thriller and then the next page I would be reading a PhD dissertation. Although is arguments were interesting and well thought out I felt like they jumbled up the book a little bit. I do feel like I am much more informed about this period of history so I must give Miles credit there. The story of the Carthage and Rome rivalry is fascinating and the similarities between the cultures is quite striking.