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THE GHOSTS OF CANNAE: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Readable study of a 2,000-year-old battle that still reverberates today.On Aug. 2, 216 BCE, in southeastern Italy, a massive Roman army faced down a smaller, apparently weaker Carthaginian force led by Hannibal. Two years earlier, Hannibal had famously led that force, war elephants and all, over the Alps into Italy, devastating the armies of the Roman Republic. At Cannae, he nearly finished the ... Read full review

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Review: The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal & the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic

User Review  - Vicki Cline - Goodreads

This is a very readable account of Hannibal's victories over Rome, focussing on Cannae. O'Connell starts with an interesting discussion of our sources for the battles, mainly Polybius and Livy. Then ... Read full review

Review: The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal & the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic

User Review  - Thomas - Goodreads

A decent history of the second Punic war. The style was slightly flippant at times, which for me was a bit off-putting while reading. Overall, worth the read. Read full review

Review: The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal & the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic

User Review  - Roger - Goodreads

The first 100 pages felt like a reading assignment but it picked up after that. If you have more than a passing interest in military strategy and ancient Rome you will enjoy this book about a seminal military battle. Read full review

Review: The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal & the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic

User Review  - Randy - Goodreads

This book does several things well. It describes Hannibal's brilliant march through Italy in a narrative that a nonspecialist can grasp, culminating in the annihilation of a large Roman army at Cannae ... Read full review

Review: The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal & the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic

User Review  - Carl - Goodreads

This is now the third book I've read about the Second Punic War. Not only did it explain the battle of Cannae in a way I could finally understand, but it also gave great insight into the long term ... Read full review

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