Ernle Bradford examines the campaign during the Second Punic War when Hannibal set out to invade Italy with a small force of select troops, crossing the Alps with a full baggage train intending to take Rome. For 16 years the campaign continued and Bradford examines the tactics of the major battles and traces the reasons why Hannibal failed to conquer the Romans.
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A scrupulous, astutely evaluative account of what little is known of Rome's greatest foe: the Carthaginian general who became master of ""well-nigh the whole of Italy"" (Livy) but could not hold it down.Dec 06 1981 | Read Full Review of Hannibal
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