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Hannibal: Rome's Worst Nightmare

(A Wicked History)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  21 reviews
- Opening quote by or about the featured villain/villainess
- Historical map, annotated with key locations from person's life
- A Wicked Web featuring allies and enemies
- Historical photos and etchings
- Boxes with additional information
- Photo documentaries: six to eight pages of photos and captions telling the person's life
- Timeline, glossary, additional sources
- Engaging
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Franklin Watts (first published March 2008)
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Tucker Publius
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In Hannibal Rome’s Worst Nightmare, by Philip Brooks, the author did an excellent job telling about the life of, Hannibal, as a general. In this book, a fearsome, strong, scary, brave, and smart general named Hannibal is conquering the bottom half of Europe. His main objective is to destroy Rome, and he will do anything to achieve that goal. Some more interesting moments in this book, included, crazed elephants, poison, and months in the frozen Alp Mountains. Philip Brooks did an amazing job of ...more
Ryan Virgilis
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I recommend the book “Hannibal Rome’s worst nightmare.” The book is mainly about the story of Hannibal and what he went through in his lifetime. I would recommend this to any person over 10 years old that likes to learn about ancient warriors. Hannibal was alive around 2000 years ago in 217 b.c. Hannibal was Carthaginian and took control of the Carthaginian army when he was 26. Carthage is located in the northern part of what we now know as Africa. A lot of people hated him, like Romans, but the ...more
Sam L
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hannibal was a courageous general that fought Rome with a fierce stragedy. He eventually died when he pushed himself too far.
Scott Hayden
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Biography centering on the battle years. Straightforward account of Hannibal's campaign and losses. Maps, timelines, and a character web give easy reference points from the very beginning, which were necessary since two of Hannibal's relatives shared the same name.

Weird fact: Hannibal is the first known general to use a "biological weapon". You'll have to read it, research it, or buy me ice cream to find out how.
Christina Pilkington
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting middle grade nonfiction book about the life of Hannibal. Great layout and lots of great info packed into such a small book. Highly recommended.
D Curtis
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hannibal: Romes Worst Nightmare was an amazing book, I love this book to death and I am looking forward to reading all of the other wicked history books. I was so fascinated on Hannibals strategies and plans that he had during battle or war. This book by Philip Brooks is non fiction and I think its a all around good book to read. This book was about the great Hannibal and his city Carthage during the war with Rome Hannibal's enemy. It was about Hannibal and how he grew up, his family, and how he ...more
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part of the Wicked History series, this title introduces readers to the life of Hannibal Barca and his quest to destroy Rome. This compact book begins with the description of a particularly brutal encounter between Hannibal’s forces and the Roman Army in which thousands of Rome’s sons were slaughtered. Ensuing chapters outline Hannibal’s life, beginning with his childhood as he witnessed his father’s defeat at the hands of the Roman Army in the first Punic War. Hannibal followed in his father’s ...more
Gabe Fantacone
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Many cruel people have tried and failed to take control of the Roman Empire. Countless foreign countries, soldiers and barbarians have made foiled attempts at controlling a government that lasted over two thousand years. But one Carthaginian militant came closer than anyone to toppling the Romans. He made people all over the Mediterranean dread one very familiar phrase: “Hannibal is at the gates!”
The powerful general Hannibal Barca never failed to surprise his armies with effective and genial s
Maximus Publius
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
The book “Hannibal: Rome’s Worst Nightmare” By Philip Brooks takes place at about 200 B.C., Where a child named Hannibal who is 9 years old, vows to his father that he will always be an enemy of Rome. His father, Hamilcar, who was a Carthaginian general, wants to gain power over Rome. Hamilcar dies before taking over Rome, which leaves that responsibility in the hands of Hannibal, his fearsome son (26). Hannibal guides his 40,000 troops, and 37 elephants through a 1,500-mile journey to conquer R ...more
Aug 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of Scholastic’s “Wicked History” biographies and features Hannibal Barca. Easy-to-read text provides readers with lots of sound information on the infamous military genius. The dynamic visual format divides the book into four parts, each with varied illustrations. Each section is preceded by questions to help the reader focus on the salient facts of Hannibal’s life. An afterword titled “Wicked?” features primary source accounts by Hannibal’s Roman counterparts and poses the notion th ...more
Megan Whalen
"Hannibal: Rome's Worst Nightmare" by Philip Brooks is a wonderful, action packed story about the history famous, Hannibal. It's a story about his life and accomplishments. It gives you a full background on what went on in the 45 years Hannibal was alive. This book keeps you reading.

What I liked about this book is how descriptive it is when the author is talking about the Punic Wars. I also liked how it gave you information on his family too. This book was an all around good book. This book is
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hannibal. He was fearless and outsmarted his enemy almost always and when he couldn't he outsmart them he would kill every single one of them. As a kid he promised he would never ally with rome, he hated rome for the rest of his life. At a young age he helped in the army with his brother as the leader but when the brother was assassinated Hannibal took lead and fought against rome. Rome thought of carthage as a small powerless town but then Hannibal came Marching in and changed everything. He s ...more
Omar Elsiefy
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hannibal: Rome's Worst Nightmare, is a great book. It's packed with information about how Hannibal tried to attack Rome, and almost managed to control it. Hannibal was very smart and deceiving which gave him an upper hand. However, Rome had the numbers. It is an epic battle and journey for Hannibal and his army. If you like history books than this book is great, it has pictures of the wars and lots of facts. Its a short read, but a great one.
Megan Anderson
Excellent book, perfect for the project. Having read it, my vote is that, no, he was not actually a bad guy. He was a brilliant strategist trying to expand his empire...just like most other rulers throughout history. Plenty of interesting information about someone who is usually skipped over or relegated to a single sentence in most school textbooks.

4/5 on here, 8/10 for myself
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it
I've always wanted to learn a little more about Hannibal and came across this book in the children's section of the library. It's definitely written for younger readers but still serves as a brief introduction to Hannibal. Hannibal ad portas!
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The book as great. It tell me a lot of suff about he.I a love the books
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hannibal Barca was always curious about his father's affairs. His dad was and army genral and Hannibal had watched his many victorious battles.
Jun 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Interesting. I find it quite fascinating that thousands of years later Hannibal's war tactics are still studied and we are still talking about him.
Mar 15, 2015 rated it liked it
The first book I read about the series of "a wicked history" was amazing (Genghis Khan), however, this story is kind of boring and I thought it was going to be better.
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