".a masterful account that will appeal to both specialists and general readers who appreciate a superbly told story.explains complicated military moves in easily understood language.portraits of some of the key players.are both informative and thought-provoking. This story.has been told before, but rarely as well.--Booklist
An impressive historian of Roman warfare--highly praised by John Keegan--has written a thoroughly engrossing account of antiquity's greatest conflict. In the struggle for supremacy between Rome and Carthage, both sides suffered casualties exceeding that of any war fought before the modern era. Told in grand narrative style, following the fighting on land and sea, the terrible pitched battles, and such generals as Hannibal and Scipio Aemilianus who finally drove Carthage into the ground. Main Selection of Military Book Club.
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Adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate from Oxford University. His first book, The Roman Army at War, was recognised by John Keegan, the distinguished military historian, as an exceptionally impressive work. Dr Goldsworthy's book in The Cassell History of Warfare series has also been widely recognised as exceptional in opening the history of Roman warfare to the general reader. Dr Goldsworthy lives in Penarth, South Glamorgan.From Booklist:
The three Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage from 264 to 146 B.C. irrevocably changed the course of ancient history. Carthage, with her empire centered in North Africa, was humbled and then destroyed. Before the wars, Rome's power was limited to the Italian peninsula; by the end of the wars, Rome was the dominant power in the Mediterranean and was poised on the brink of even greater imperial expansion. Goldsworthy is an Oxford graduate and clinical scholar with particular expertise in Roman military history. His survey of this pivotal conflict is a masterful account that will appeal to both specialists and general readers who appreciate a superbly told story. Goldsworthy explains complicated military moves in easily understood language, and he conveys the vast scope and carnage of the wars with both insight and objectivity. His portraits of some of the key players, including Hannibal, Scipio Africanus, and Fabius Maximus, are both informative and thought-provoking. This story, of course, has been told before, but rarely as well. Jay Freeman
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