Hannibal and Me by Andreas Kluth
What History's Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us About Success and Failure

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“Charming and fascinating.”—The Wall Street Journal

The life of Hannibal, the Carthaginian general who crossed the Alps with his army in 218 BCE, is the stuff of legend. And the epic choices he and his Roman enemies made on the battlefield and in life offer timeless lessons to us today about how we should respond to our own victories and defeats.

Inspired by ancient history, Hannibal and Me explores the triumphs and disasters in our lives by examining the decisions made by Hannibal and others, including Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Ernest Shackleton, and Paul Cézanne. Kluth shows why some overcome failure and others succumb to it, and why some fall victim to success while others thrive on it. The result is a page-turning adventure tale, a compelling human drama, and an insightful guide to understanding behavior.
 

About Andreas Kluth

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ANDREAS KLUTH has been writing for The Economist since 1997. He is currently the U.S. West Coast correspondent, covering politics, society, and economy in California and the western states. A dual citizen of Germany and America, Kluth is a graduate of Williams College and the London School of Economics.
 
Published January 5, 2012 by Riverhead. 338 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Self Help, War. Non-fiction

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Economist writer Kluth takes lessons from the great military strategist and other historical titans in his quest for fulfillment beyond success.

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Publishers Weekly

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Several books on the legendary achievements of Hannibal have dwelled on one or two aspects of the ingenious general’s life, but none has tackled the tricky mix of the impact of his life choices on and

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New York Journal of Books

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“Fight any urge to dismiss Hannibal and Me as boys-only self help. True, the book comes complete with warriors, military strategies, elephants, golf, and a seductress, but this book is a serious and fascinating exploration of issues many of us grapple with on a daily basis. Highly recommended.”

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The Wall Street Journal

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History's most fearsome commanders have lessons for business today, even without the pillaging

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New York Journal of Books

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“Fight any urge to dismiss Hannibal and Me as boys-only self help. True, the book comes complete with warriors, military strategies, elephants, golf, and a seductress, but this book is a serious and fascinating exploration of issues many of us grapple with on a daily basis. Highly recommended.”

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Canadian Business

In each of Carthage’s three greatest victories over Rome during the second Punic War, the Roman legions severely outnumbered their foes.

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Electrum Magazine

Like Scipio to Hannibal, the foil is both internal and external, just as the iconic cartoon character Pogo ironically mused, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Kluth probes deftly into the paradox of how the strategist Hannibal – despite his uncanny ability to read the minds of opposing Roman...

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