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A dynamic and exciting way to understand success and failure, through the life of Hannibal, one of history's greatest generals.

The life of Hannibal, the Carthaginian general who crossed the Alps with his army in 218 B.C.E., is the stuff of legend. And the epic choices he and his opponents made-on the battlefield and elsewhere in life-offer lessons about responding to our victories and our defeats that are as relevant today as they were more than 2,000 years ago. A big new idea book inspired by ancient history, Hannibal and Me explores the truths behind triumph and disaster in our lives by examining the decisions made by Hannibal and others, including Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Ernest Shackleton, and Paul Cézanne-men and women who learned from their mistakes.

By showing why some people overcome failure and others succumb to it, and why some fall victim to success while others thrive on it, Hannibal and Me demonstrates how to recognize the seeds of success within our own failures and the threats of failure hidden in our successes. The result is a page-turning adventure tale, a compelling human drama, and an insightful guide to understanding behavior. This is essential reading for anyone who seeks to transform misfortune into success at work, at home, and in life.

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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 off the battlefield as well as this new analysis. Kluth, the West Coast correspondent for the Economist, brings a contemporary slant to Hannibal's military successes. Outnumbered by Roman legions, Hannibal couldn't win with brute force alone, but needed shrewd strategies and tactics. Bred to be a great soldier, Hannibal took the helm at age 26 in Carthage, then famously crossed the Alps to defeat one Roman army after another. For students of history or military tactics, Kluth does superior work in spelling out the elusive values of success and failure,: he explains how, like Hannibal, you can make your enemies defeat themselves; he also considers others like Fabius, who kept Hannibal on edge by attacking wherever Hannibal's troops were not; and Kluth fast-forwards to today's world, showing how Steve Jobs, like the ancients, learned to turn disaster into triumph. Realistic and timely, Kluth's book uses historic truths to move us past the frequent traps of success and failure to mold practical, productive lives." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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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 the Author

Andreas Kluth has been writing for The Economist since 1997. He is currently the magazine's U.S. West Coast correspondent, covering politics, society, and economy in California and the western states. A dual citizen of Germany and the United States, Kluth is a graduate of Williams College and the London School of Economics.

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trish, January 31, 2012 (view all comments by trish)
I have been fascinated with Hannibal Barca most of my life. This book is a great look at how inspiring hannibal was, as well as others in history. The stories of success and failure are thoughtful and worth examining. the writing is wonderful and insightful and very, very readable. It is more that I expected. I highly recommend this book and suggest, if you are interested, that you look at O'Connell's book, the Ghosts of Cannae.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594488122
Subtitle:
What History's Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us About Success and Failure
Author:
Kluth, Andreas
Publisher:
Riverhead Hardcover
Subject:
Leadership
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Subject:
World History-Ancient History
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120105
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.29 x 6.34 x 1.21 in 1.14 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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 off the battlefield as well as this new analysis. Kluth, the West Coast correspondent for the Economist, brings a contemporary slant to Hannibal's military successes. Outnumbered by Roman legions, Hannibal couldn't win with brute force alone, but needed shrewd strategies and tactics. Bred to be a great soldier, Hannibal took the helm at age 26 in Carthage, then famously crossed the Alps to defeat one Roman army after another. For students of history or military tactics, Kluth does superior work in spelling out the elusive values of success and failure,: he explains how, like Hannibal, you can make your enemies defeat themselves; he also considers others like Fabius, who kept Hannibal on edge by attacking wherever Hannibal's troops were not; and Kluth fast-forwards to today's world, showing how Steve Jobs, like the ancients, learned to turn disaster into triumph. Realistic and timely, Kluth's book uses historic truths to move us past the frequent traps of success and failure to mold practical, productive lives." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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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.

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