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    DescriptionNATIONAL BESTSELLER 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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    Title
    The Ghosts of Cannae
    Subtitle
    Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert L O'Connell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 310
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 200 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 259 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780812978674
    ISBN 10: 0812978676
    Classifications

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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020, HIS001030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/NAFRIC
    B&T Approval Code: A44091000
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    LC classification: DG247.3 .O25 2011
    Illustrations note
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    Publisher
    Random House Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Random House Trade
    Publication date
    13 September 2011
    Author Information
    Robert L. O'Connell has worked as a senior analyst at the National Ground Intelligence Center, as a contributing editor to MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, and most recently as a visiting professor at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is the author of Of Arms and Men: A History of War, Weapons, and Aggression; Sacred Vessels: The Cult of the Battleship and the Rise of the U.S. Navy; Ride of the Second Horseman: The Birth and Death of War; Soul of the Sword: An Illustrated History of Weaponry and Warfare from Prehistory to the Present; and the novel Fast Eddie. "From the Hardcover edition."
    Review quote
    "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"