The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic

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"The slaughter at Cannae (216 B.C.) has haunted scholars and intrigued generals for over two millennia. Robert O'Connell combines first-rate scholarship, with face-of-battle graphic descriptions, to show us how horrific Hannibal's tactical masterpiece proved for thousands of trapped Romans on a single August afternoon.
A masterpiece of style, imagination, and erudition." --Victor Davis Hanson, author of Ripples of Battle and Carnage and Culture

"In beautifully chiseled prose, Robert O'Connell explains what really happened at bloody Cannae two thousand years ago and why it still matters. O'Connell says in a sentence what takes most of us pages. The Ghosts of Cannae is shrewd, sure, and one good read."--Barry Strauss, author of "The Spartacus War
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"From the Hardcover edition."
"The slaughter at Cannae (216 B.C.) has haunted scholars and intrigued generals for over two millennia. Robert O'Connell combines first-rate scholarship, with face-of-battle graphic descriptions, to show us how horrific Hannibal's tactical masterpiece proved for thousands of trapped Romans on a single August afternoon.
A masterpiece of style, imagination, and erudition." --Victor Davis Hanson, author of Ripples of Battle and Carnage and Culture

"In beautifully chiseled prose, Robert O'Connell explains what really happened at bloody Cannae two thousand years ago and why it still matters. O'Connell says in a sentence what takes most of us pages. The Ghosts of Cannae is shrewd, sure, and one good read."--Barry Strauss, author of "The Spartacus War
"
"From the Hardcover edition."

"A masterpiece of style, imagination, and erudition."--Victor Davis Hanson, author of "A War Like No Other
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"Outstanding . . . [a] superb chronicle of events that shaped the fate of Western civilization."--"Booklist
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"[O'Connell] is able to put himself and his reader on the ground at Cannae, gagging in the heat of a southern Italian midsummer, assailed by an overload from every one of the five senses."--"The New York Times Book Review
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"Dramatic and comprehensive . . . O'Connell has established the new standard for studies of the second conflict between Rome and Carthage."--"Publishers Weekly
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"[O'Connell] writes with clarity about an era shrouded in speculation."--"Providence Journal-Bulletin"

A masterpiece of style, imagination, and erudition. Victor Davis Hanson, author of "A War Like No Other
"
Outstanding . . . [a] superb chronicle of events that shaped the fate of Western civilization. "Booklist
"
[O Connell] is able to put himself and his reader on the ground at Cannae, gagging in the heat of a southern Italian midsummer, assailed by an overload from every one of the five senses. "The New York Times Book Review
"
Dramatic and comprehensive . . . O Connell has established the new standard for studies of the second conflict between Rome and Carthage. "Publishers Weekly
"
[O Connell] writes with clarity about an era shrouded in speculation. "Providence Journal-Bulletin""

"A masterpiece of style, imagination, and erudition."--Victor Davis Hanson, author of A War Like No Other

"Outstanding . . . [a] superb chronicle of events that shaped the fate of Western civilization."--Booklist

"[O'Connell] is able to put himself and his reader on the ground at Cannae, gagging in the heat of a southern Italian midsummer, assailed by an overload from every one of the five senses."--The New York Times Book Review

"Dramatic and comprehensive . . . O'Connell has established the new standard for studies of the second conflict between Rome and Carthage."--Publishers Weekly

"[O'Connell] writes with clarity about an era shrouded in speculation."--Providence Journal-Bulletin

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For millennia, Carthage’s triumph over Rome at Cannae in 216 B.C. has inspired reverence and awe. No general since has matched Hannibal’s most unexpected, innovative, and brutal military victory. Now Robert L. O’Connell, one of the most admired names in military history, tells the whole story of Cannae for the first time, giving us a stirring account of this apocalyptic battle, its causes and consequences.

O’Connell brilliantly conveys how Rome amassed a giant army to punish Carthage’s masterful commander, how Hannibal outwitted enemies that outnumbered him, and how this disastrous pivot point in Rome’s history ultimately led to the republic’s resurgence and the creation of its empire. Piecing together decayed shreds of ancient reportage, the author paints powerful portraits of the leading players, from Hannibal—resolutely sane and uncannily strategic—to Scipio Africanus, the self-promoting Roman military tribune. Finally, O’Connell reveals how Cannae’s legend has inspired and haunted military leaders ever since, and the lessons it teaches for our own wars.

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