Hannibal and Me: What History's Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us About Success and Failu re
A dynamic and exciting way to understand success and failure, through the life of Hannibal, one of history's greatest generals.
The life of Hannibal, the Carthaginian general who crossed the Alps with his army in 218 B.C.E., is the stuff of legend. And the epic choices he and his opponents made-on the battlefield and elsewhere in life-offer lessons about resp
It’s an uplifting book. It reminds me of the Malcolm Gladwell books. If you like those, I think you’ll like this.
The author talks about many famous people - their triumphs, tragedies, successes, failures. What makes this book special is seeing what these people did “after” their success or failure, what happened and why. Some reacted poorly to success resulting in problems or tragedy. Some made cha ...more
Thinking about his writing I came to the realization his literary talent is the fusion of a combined English/American-German education. Most Germa ...more
There were a few things that bothered me about the book. First, there are many footnotes, which give the impression that the statements are facts. Ho ...more
When people ask me about what I read, I usually point to historical fiction or self-help. This book blends historical fiction help in one awe-inspiring package.
It begins with Hannibal. I knew him as the Carthaginian general who crossed the Alps and almost defeated Rome. And at the heart of story the shifting relationships of Hannibal, Scipo Africanus, and Fabius, two Roman leaders.
Along the way, we are treated to life arcs of Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry S Truman, Shackleford (attempting to cross t ...more
As someone who have studied Hannibal quite extensively (I for example worked the Berkley Course and read extensively) I regard this as one of the best representations of his life.
However what makes this book so special is that it does not provide you with a mere overview of the great Carthaginian General's li ...more
The final chapter is most interesting. The greatest lesson is that history could only teach you that which impresses you. Wrong interpretation would lead to wrong lesson. Be balanced and unmoving in the face of tumultudous forces would be key.
Now, unto the practice of these le ...more
Why I Read This: Who doesn't want to read about failure?
Review: I actually really enjoyed this. I liked the part-history/part-business aspect of the book. It made it more engaging and interesting. Plus now I have concrete examples of everyone from Scipio to Eleanor Roosevelt to help me better understand the concepts.
Great book to read if you are interested in thinking deeply about where you are going in life and how you plan on getting there. Engaging and thought provoking. Highly recommended.
One day, Cher messaged me to ask me to read Hannibal and Me so that she had someone to discuss it. I assumed that she was done and borrowed the book, but as it turns out, we finished around the same time. We’ve had a bit of a chat about the book on telegram, but it’s time for me to continue writing out my thoughts on the book (hi Cher! I know you read this!).
The first thing to note about Hannibal and Me is that you shouldn’t be thinking about this as a regular history book, not even a ...more