Robert L. O’Connell – The Ghosts of Cannae


Hannibal’s battle plan at Cannae became the mother of all great battle strategies – the first battle of encirclement that has been imitated (often to disastrous effect) endlessly over the past two thousand years. In this brilliant, long-overdue, and beautifully written account, Robert L. O’Connell gives listeners an epic account of one of the most dramatic battles of antiquity.

The Ghosts of Cannae is at once a book about a specific battle (the massive defeat of a huge but inexperienced Roman army in southern Italy by Hannibal in 216 BC) and also an interpretation of the larger course of the Second Punic War, as well as an assessment of the historical impact of Rome’s storied rivalry with Carthage. What ties the book together is the fate of the survivors, their treatment by the authorities in Rome, and ultimately their vindication nearly two decades later, when they defeated Hannibal at the decisive battle of Zama in North Africa. With an unforgettable cast of heroes and villains, The Ghosts of Cannae is history at its finest.

Author: Robert L. O’Connell
Narrator: Alan Sklar
Duration: 13 hours 14 minutes
Released: 10 Feb 2008
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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The Second Punic War is definitely one of my obsessions and this book gives a great account not only of the famous battle of cannae but the whole Second Punic War. It draws on multiple accounts to give an accurate and intriguing picture of Hannibal and his Roman enemies.