The Ghosts of Cannae (MP3 CD)

Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic

By Robert L. O'Connell, Alan Sklar (Narrated by)

Tantor Audio, 9781400167227

Publication Date: July 20, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Compact Disc (7/20/2010)
Paperback (9/13/2011)
Hardcover (7/13/2010)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (11/1/2010)
Compact Disc (7/20/2010)

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Hannibal's battle plan at Cannae became the mother of all great battle strategies-the first battle of encirclement that has been imitated (often to disastrous effect) endlessly over the past two thousand years. In this brilliant, long-overdue, and beautifully written account, Robert L. O'Connell gives listeners an epic account of one of the most dramatic battles of antiquity. The Ghosts of Cannae is at once a book about a specific battle (the massive defeat of a huge but inexperienced Roman army in southern Italy by Hannibal in 216 BC) but also an interpretation of the larger course of the Second Punic War, as well as an assessment of the historical impact of Rome's storied rivalry with Carthage. What ties the book together is the fate of the survivors, their treatment by the authorities in Rome, and ultimately their vindication nearly two decades later, when they defeated Hannibal at the decisive battle of Zama in North Africa. With an unforgettable cast of heroes and villains, The Ghosts of Cannae is history at its finest.

About the Author

Robert L. O'Connell worked as senior analyst at the U.S. Army Intelligence Agency's Foreign Science and Technology Center and is the author of "Of Arms and Men: A History of War, Weapons, and Aggression."

Alan Sklar is the winner of several "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and a multiple finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award. Named a Best Voice of 2009 by "AudioFile" magazine, his work has twice earned him a Booklist Editors' Choice Award, a "Publishers Weekly" Listen-Up Award, and Audiobook of the Year by "ForeWord" magazine.

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

"A masterpiece of style, imagination, and erudition." ---Victor Davis Hanson, author of Ripples of Battle