• by Theodore Ayrault Dodge
  • Narrated by Bill Wallace
  • 20 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Hannibal is often considered the finest general the world has ever known. Setting out from Carthaginian-dominated Spain with a small army of select troops, he fought his way over the Pyrenees and crossed the Alps with elephants and a full baggage train. Descending into Italy, he destroyed the main Roman army at Lake Trasimeno and came close to conquering Rome itself. At Cannae, Hannibal’s brilliant cavalry tactics enabled him to destroy a reassembled Roman army, and his subsequent defeats over a 15-year stay in Italy were due more to lack of sufficient support from home than to any failings of generalship.
Theodore Ayrault Dodge’s classic history, first published in 1891, is equally perceptive of Hannibal’s military prowess and his visionary character. Dodge followed Hannibal’s route from Carthage to Italy, paying particular attention to the famous crossing of the Alps, exploring every pass in order to determine Hannibal’s route. In this book, he wrote an entire history of the art of war among these two mighty armies. Hannibal remains unequaled as the most comprehensive and readable study of history’s greatest general.


What the Critics Say

“[This book] has never been bettered.” (Michael Grant, author of History of Rome)


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Customer Reviews

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History in brief, politicians in detail

History in brief. Not a detailed military text, maneuvers given in broad detail. Fairly dry material and preformed in a like manner.
Details on roman organization, arms and politicians. Hero worship of Hannibal throughout.
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- Turf1996

Top notch book from the past.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The detail in this book was amazing. I've found few books dealing with this subject that had the detail and insight provided by the author. Not only was the author a civil war veteran giving his insight to battle strategy but he had also studied the accounts of ancient authors and visited the battle sites. Because the book was written in the late 1800's the fog of time was not as thick as it is now. I also enjoyed the authors insights from his perspective as an officer and how different tactics from the American civil war were similar or different. Overall outstanding book to listen to and I wish all the books by this author were available on the audible format. If they were I'd buy them all because this book was that engrossing and informative.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hannibal?

His strategy for crossing of the Alps.

Which scene was your favorite?

The account of the famous strategic battle of Cannae. The author gave excellent insight into all the major characters involved in the action.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The tragic inability of Hannibal to receive the support from Carthage he needed to finish the Roman army and force a peace agreement.

Any additional comments?

I hope audible releases all the books of the author in Audible format

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- Michael Jaco

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-28-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.