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Probably the best book about the Punic wars,
This review is from: The Fall of Carthage: The Punic Wars 265-146BC (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) (Paperback)
Saying that this is the best book on the subject is quite assumptive, seeing as I haven't read any other book regarding the Punic wars, but the book was just so entertaining and well written, that I can't imagine there being a superior one out there.
Adrian Goldsworty is the perfect balance between an author and a scholar, which is a balance that makes for educated and researched history, presented in a well written and interesting fashion. I've already ordered two more books from him and I'm eagerly looking forward to them.
The large scale of the three wars and the fragmented sources makes it a hard subject to tackle, but even harder to present it in a cohesive and entertaining way. Instead of presenting all the facts in a chronological order he divides the wars into categories, like in the first war is divided into, land battles and navy battles, and the second war into Italy, Spain, Africa and Greece\Macedonia. This is a great way to present the story and makes it easy to follow regardless of the multitude of battles going on simultaneously all over the Mediterranean.
As all good historians he is critical of his sources and doesn't assume to be sure about anything in this ca. 2300 year old war. If there's a dubious story from any of the sources he'll point it out and where there's lack of any good sources he informs you that this section is only conjecture on his part. He never tries to rewrite history or distort facts to tell his own story, you'll receive an objective and faithful presentation throughout the book.
Highly recommended to anyone interested in Roman history or ancient warfare in general.