I hate to down-rate a book based on the Kindle version, but buyers need to beware.
The introduction talks glowingly about the research for the book, including the many detailed maps that were ascertained through exhaustive research, and there are dozens (over a hundred illustrations, many of which are beautiful detailed maps, carefully placed in context in the text, every couple of pages), ... but only in the print book.
The Kindle book has no illustrations, no maps, ... absolutely nothing, and the story is so intertwined with them. It is a totally disheartening realization, akin to reading a story in a printed book, only to find that someone had ripped out random pages. Maybe someday Amazon will include the illustrations and maps. Until then, it's too frustrating a read to recommend the Kindle version.
We are told that the author was a civil war soldier and that certainly seems to inform his writing, which is a clear and educational exposition of Hannibal's career or as much of it that could be retrieved from history. I learned much that I did not know from his book and I shall search for an edition of his work on Alexander. The last star would be his also if Amazon would do something about the lack of maps. This is a persistent problem in Kindle books, and I do not understand it. More often than not the exclusion of maps from digital versions reduces the value of a book like this by half. Surely to make a bitmap from a printed page of graphics is child's play, and what we are purchasing is an electronic file, free to produce in infinite quantity. But the Kindle offerings are not what they used to be-an excellent source for out of print classics and the occasional gem from the classics of every genre. Now they consist largely of Amazon's vanity press contributions, most of...
Written in a classic, late 19th century style this history of Hannibal's invasion of Italy and decade-long domination of the southern provinces or the peninsula is eminently readable by modern readers. Dodge is clearly happy that the Roman's won the Second Punic War but as a Union Army field officer he has great esteem for and insight into the remarkable accomplishments of one of history's greatest and most successful commanders. This volume is an excellent choice for someone looking for a full description of the battles and characters of the Second Punic war in Italy. Further research since the time Dodge wrote this book have yielded more insight into the motives and accomplishments of some of the generals involved but for a good one volume study of the campaigns and strategy of Hannibal Barca I would recommend this book.
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