Hannibal by Ernle Bradford

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Legend has it that when Hannibal was a young boy, his father, ruler of Carthage, held his son over a fire and made him swear eternal enmity toward Rome. It was not necessary: the fire already burned in Hannibal's breast. In time that flame would destroy the flower of the Roman legions. In an almost unbelievable feat of courage and endurance, Hannibal led his army over the Pyrenees and Alps to challenge Rome's hegemony. And he succeeded against astonishing odds. They clashed at last. In the Battle of Cannae, Hannibal's foot soldiers, cavalry and war elephants enveloped and massacred an army twice the size of his own contingent. In one of the bloodiest battles ever fought in all history, between 50,000 and 70,000 of Rome's troops were massacred or captured. Is it any wonder that Hannibal has been compared in military prowess to Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar, and that Napoleon himself admired and studied Hannibal's strategies? In Hannibal, Ernle Bradford brings this great general to life and recreates his battles as dramatically as he did the war for Malta in his bestselling history The Great Siege.

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Ernle Bradford was born in 1922 and died in 1986. He was a noted British historian specializing in the Mediterranean world and naval topics. Bradford was an enthusiastic sailor himself and spent almost thirty years sailing the Mediterranean, where many of his books are set. He served in the Royal Navy during World War II, finishing as the first Lieutenant of a destroyer. Bradford lived in Malta for a number of years. He did occasional broadcast work for the BBC, was a magazine editor, and wrote many books including Hannibal; Paul the Traveller; Julius Caesar: The Pursuit of Power; Christopher Columbus; The Mighty Hood; The Battle for the West: Thermopylae; The Great Betrayal: Constantinople 1204; Three Centuries of Sailing; The America's Cup; The Sultan's Admiral: Barbarossa; Nelson: The Essential Hero; Ulysses Found; Siege of Malta 1940-1943; Mediterranean: Portrait of a Sea; The Companion Guide to the Greek Isles; The Great Siege; Cleopatra; The Journeying Moon; The Great Siege of Malta 1565.
Published January 11, 2013 by E-Reads. 278 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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