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Hannibal and Me: What History's Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us About Success and Failu re by [Kluth, Andreas]
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"Charming and fascinating"
--"The Wall Street Journal

""What makes or breaks a book like this, with its uncommon structure and sometimes lofty subject matter, is the storytelling, and this book is one of the best in that regard that I have read in a long time."
--Jack Covert, "800ceoread.com
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"Fight any urge to dismiss "Hannibal and Me" as boys-only self help. True, the book comes complete with warriors, military strategies, elephants, golf, and a seductress, but this book is a serious and fascinating exploration of issues many of us grapple with on a daily basis. Highly recommended."
--"New York"" Journal of Books "

"A study of the ephemeral nature of power that grapples, often very effectively, with the meaning of true happiness..."Hannibal and Me" is a rare blend of military strategy and emotional intelligence that offers a more mature solution for winning life's battles."
--"Kirkus

""["Hannibal and Me's"] fresh perspective, drawing on the life of a warrior who lived more than two millennia ago, gives is a fresh appeal." "
"--"Booklist""
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Andreas Kluth s absorbing exploration of the life of the great military commander Hannibal will inspire you to look beyond simplistic notions of success toward a deeper understanding of what it is to live the good life. This is a book full of lessons both profound and practical.
Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author "ofDrive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us"
A serious and fascinating exploration of issues many of us grapple with on a daily basis.
"New York Journal of Books"
A startlingly fresh outlook on an old mystery.
Patrick Hunt, "Electrum Magazine"
Fascinating.
"Los AngelesMagazine"
Kluth does superior work in spelling out the elusive values of success and failure Realistic and timely, Kluth s book uses historic truths to move us past the frequent traps of success and failure to mold practical, productive lives.
"Publishers Weekly
" A study of the ephemeral nature of power that grapples, often very effectively, with the meaning of true happiness "Hannibal and Me"is a rare blend ofmilitary strategy and emotional intelligence that offers a more mature solution for winning life's battles.
"Kirkus Reviews"
["Hannibal and Me" s] fresh perspective, drawing on the life of a warrior who lived more than two millennia ago, gives it a fresh appeal.

"Booklist""

"Andreas Kluth's absorbing exploration of the life of the great military commander Hannibal will inspire you to look beyond simplistic notions of success toward a deeper understanding of what it is to live the good life. This is a book full of lessons both profound and practical."
--Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
"A serious and fascinating exploration of issues many of us grapple with on a daily basis."
--New York Journal of Books
"A startlingly fresh outlook on an old mystery."
--Patrick Hunt, Electrum Magazine
"Fascinating."
--Los Angeles Magazine
"Kluth does superior work in spelling out the elusive values of success and failure...Realistic and timely, Kluth's book uses historic truths to move us past the frequent traps of success and failure to mold practical, productive lives."
--Publishers Weekly
"A study of the ephemeral nature of power that grapples, often very effectively, with the meaning of true happiness...Hannibal and Me is a rare blend of military strategy and emotional intelligence that offers a more mature solution for winning life's battles."
--Kirkus Reviews
"[Hannibal and Me's] fresh perspective, drawing on the life of a warrior who lived more than two millennia ago, gives it a fresh appeal."

--Booklist



-Andreas Kluth's absorbing exploration of the life of the great military commander Hannibal will inspire you to look beyond simplistic notions of success toward a deeper understanding of what it is to live the good life. This is a book full of lessons both profound and practical.-
--Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
-A serious and fascinating exploration of issues many of us grapple with on a daily basis.-
--New York Journal of Books
-A startlingly fresh outlook on an old mystery.-
--Patrick Hunt, Electrum Magazine
-Fascinating.-
--Los Angeles Magazine
-Kluth does superior work in spelling out the elusive values of success and failure...Realistic and timely, Kluth's book uses historic truths to move us past the frequent traps of success and failure to mold practical, productive lives.-
--Publishers Weekly
-A study of the ephemeral nature of power that grapples, often very effectively, with the meaning of true happiness...Hannibal and Me is a rare blend of military strategy and emotional intelligence that offers a more mature solution for winning life's battles.-
--Kirkus Reviews
-[Hannibal and Me's] fresh perspective, drawing on the life of a warrior who lived more than two millennia ago, gives it a fresh appeal.-

--Booklist

About the Author

Andreas Kluth has been writing for The Economist since 1997. A dual citizen of Germany and the United States, Kluth is a graduate of Williams College and the London School of Economics and currently lives in Berlin.

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00CVE14SA
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ERIIXA
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I came to regard Rudyard Kipling's poem If was a corny work, beloved by Rotarians and dim-witted public school types. Andreas Kluth has made me see it afresh. He liked the line, 'If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same', and he has used it to create a rich and deep text which examines the question of success in life. What does it mean?

Kluth takes the sort of life stories that fascinate ambitious adolescents - Shackleton, Hannibal, Steve Jobs - and retells them beautifully, but he adds in the details of what happened to them after their great victories. It turns out that success can be as difficult to deal with as failure. Time takes the edge off heroism and can sink a character who is not prepared to accept change. I'm 43 and many of the experiences of my 20s and 30s, I considered huge failures, but as I get older I begin to see they were actually not so bad, in fact I can be quite proud of them.

When I left school, I watched in amazement as Sam Mendes, who was a few years above me, became a Hannibal in the world of entertainment. He won every prize in theatre and film and then married one of the biggest stars. How did he do it? How could any of us match his achievements? But in middle-age success has become more complex even for him.

So this book is for anyone who is beginning to see through the one-dimensional aspirations of youth. It's timely because so many people feel they have lived through prosperity built of firm foundations for the past 15 years, and they're discovering that it wasn't true. Andreas Kluth has written a gripping, thoughtful and wise book.
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Andreas Kluth has taken the Kipling poem 'If' as part of the inspiration of this book, related it to the story of Hannibal and his battles against the Romans, in particular his nemesis Scipio, and linked it all together to show what separates success from failure, and how best to treat these impostors in order to achieve future successes.

Kluth has taken numerous examples of the lives of people from all walks of life; Einstien, Freud, Jung, Tiger Woods, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ernest Shackleton and Lance Armstrong are just a few of the characters who cross these pages, with fascinating tales of how they faced their triumphs and met their disasters.

Kluth makes it clear that it is easier to handle success when it comes later in life, and that what we see as disaster is often the beginning of something better. He cautions us to remain fixed on strategy and not to be distracted by tactics - it is the coming peace, not the war and certainly not the battle which matters for future success and happiness, and it is in overcoming disaster that the greatest achievements of some of the true greats lie.

This a wonderful book - beautifully written, highly readable, and with some important lessons for life.

Highly recommended
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Excellent analogies from history in relation to victory versus success. The author makes you see sides of historical characters that you have not seen before.
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Interesting book
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4.0 out of 5 stars The subtitle of this book is “What history’s greatest strategist can teach us about success and failure 11 April 2017
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The subtitle of this book is “What history’s greatest strategist can teach us about success and failure.” It could be classified as a “self-help book,” but that genre is generally so thin and superficial. There are no self-help tips, no exercises to be done or mind-sets to be adopted; rather it provides profound insights through a thought-provoking analysis of well-known historical figures.
The theme of the book is career success and failure (in the full sense of the term career,) how they are linked and how they unfolded in the lives of historical figures. Kluth, a writer for the prestigious Economist magazine has a fluent writing style, his knowledge broad and deep, and the subject nothing short of riveting.
The central character of the book, the Carthaginian military genius, Hannibal, sees his life’s work as the fulfilment of his father’s ambition, the conquest of Rome. His methods are daring, his tactics are works of creative brilliance that are studied to this day in military academies and by students of strategy. Most people have heard of his spectacular exploits if only of his crossing of the Alps in winter (no less) with elephants to launch a surprise attack on the Romans.
Hannibal has no obvious means of retreat if he fails, no way to return home safely and surely. He does win every battle against the Romans, slaughtering their leadership and finest sons on the battlefield. He terrifies the population and wins the admiration of their finest generals who seem incapable of defeating him. But Hannibal never conquers Rome. His tactics were brilliant, but there was no overall strategy behind it.
Kluth uses Hannibal (and others) as an instructive metaphor for our personal success journey. Some of us choose careers to fulfil parental aspirations, or our own aspirations and are successful at winning all the corporate battles. However, the strategy the battles were intended to achieve was never really clear. The result, for us, as for Hannibal, is a victory that was vaguely intended to produce a desirable lifestyle, but only leaves us with a family we never see and achievements without value.
Where Kluth parts company with the popular self-help genre is that he recognizes the complexity inherent in success and failure. Parental aspirations often play a part in forming the path we pursue, and even parental absence has an influence. The quest sometimes takes the form not of parental emulation, but for the “search” for the absent father or mother and the identity that comes with that. Whether it was Barrack Obama’s metaphorical search for his father, a Kenyan man he had met only once, or Eleanor Roosevelt’s search for an idea of her mother and father who died when she was a young child.
Hannibal, like Picasso, Merriwether Lewis (the American explorer) and Shackelton were clear about their goals as young men. Others, like Harry Truman and Ludwig Erhard, had no “life’s goals” nor any clear direction and both were perceived as failures for the better part of their lives. Both Truman and Erhard, later in their lives, rose to the highest offices in their respective countries, America and Germany and made significant and memorable contributions.
Many of those who had early goals and succeeded young, never repeated the bold successes of their younger years and many of the late bloomer achieved successes only possible after years of wandering aimlessly.
Treachery and enemies lurked in the shadows behind Hannibal who was ultimately forced to leave the city he had sacrificed his youth, his family and his whole life for. The Roman who had defeated him and driven the invincible enemy from Europe suffered the same fate - as did Erhard, Cleopatra, Carl Jung and so many others.
While it is clear to all, that astonishing success threatens others, why is it so often not clear to the hero? In some it is an innocence that makes one vulnerable, in others a deliberate desire to rise above the petty, the small.
The title, Hannibal and Me is explained with a brief recap of how Kluth left his first job in London’s financial sector to become a journalist. His desire for a balanced life and his disdain for ostentation make his analysis of great people nuanced and quite unique.

Few books about historical figures make such entertaining reading while never diluting the complexities of world events. Polybius, arguably the best ancient source about Hannibal, would, I think, appreciate Kluth’s book for psychological insights and his fresh take on an old mystery. The influence of Carl Jung can be felt throughout the book as Kluth digs into the psyches of the personalities he surveys.
The book is a study of the ephemeral nature of power, and the struggle with the meaning of true happiness. It is a rare book.

Readability Light ---+- Serious
Insights High +---- Low
Practical High ---+- Low

Ian Mann of Gateways consults internationally on leadership and strategy
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read in a long while. 22 Jan. 2014
By Clark the Shark - Published on Amazon.com
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Were you successful early on in your life or career and you've been chasing that same thrill ever since? Or were you like me, someone whose "wandered" through life, with great ambitions, but not sure how to achieve them? There are the rare few individuals in life who attain success at an early age and then maintain it throughout their entire careers and lives. I think it would be unfair to say this book is not for those people, but I do think every person, no matter what their standing is in life, can benefit from reading this book.

I've never come across a book in all my years that deals more directly with success and its companion, failure, than this one. It is hard to believe that in an era of self-help and business/career success literature, such as the 21st Century, we didn't have a book like this before.

This is a book about success, failure and their impostors, just the same. However, there is so much more to it than just that.

In it, Kluth explores the lives of numerous historical figures in a way that I've never thought of them before. Eleanor Roosevelt, Carl Jung, novelist Amy Tan, Roman dictator/hero Scipio, Hannibal Barca, Egyptian princess Cleopatra, Albert Einstein and many others' lives are discussed through the prism of a holistic approach. Kluth doesn't stop with one or two events from each person's life, but instead weaves an unforgettable tapestry of these lives and how their narratives relate to us all. He also has extensive references throughout the book.

Excellent book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable way of reading history 30 May 2013
By Peter Gregoire - Published on Amazon.com
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This book may be one that purist historiographers - who view the study of the past as its own virtue - may bristle at. But Andreas Kluth very much follows the Confuciun line of studying the past, to understand the present and to foresee the future. In doing so he takes the story of the Carthaginian general, Hannibal and makes it relevant to our times. For in Hannibal and the other two protagonists in the Hannibal story - Fabius and Scipio - we see all sides of humanity and learn lessons about the real meaning of success and failure or, as Kipling called them, the twin imposters that are triumph and disaster.

Weaved into to story of Hannibal, Kluth brings us lessons from the lives of other great historical figures, from Truman to Steve Jobs, from Einstein to Eleanor Roosevelt, from the tragedy of Liu Shaoqi to the hubris of Eliot Spitzer. But most compelling of all are the lessons that Kluth shows he has drawn himself, recognizing the success he achieved in his twenties working long hours in an investment bank for the imposter it was and (with a little help from the study of Hannibal) pursuing a career in journalism instead, which has led ultimately to this excellent work. One which ties together history, philosophy and (perhaps a little) life guidance, and demonstrates an astounding breadth of knowledge.

Well worth a read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent study, studded with stories of mostly well-known figures ... 27 Feb. 2015
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Excellent study, studded with stories of mostly well-known figures and how they navigated the successes and failures of life. For anyone finding themselves grown up and surprised to already be 30 (or whatever age), or thinking over their direction in life, this is a wonderful, helpful, enjoyable, memorable book. The author draws from various types of characters, from Hannibal to Eleanor Roosevelt, so both genders will easily feel locked into the book. It's an enjoyable, even easy read and intellectually stimulating at once.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not a business book, it is a life improvement book 19 April 2012
By Chuck M - Published on Amazon.com
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My thought was Hannibal and Me was a business book on strategy to act on the plans you made to be successful in a business setting. But, I found it to be a life centering, awareness book.
Mr Kluth uses very good examples that are both current, relative and interesting to prove his points on how individuals succeed "winning the war and win the battles"or not by "winning the battles and lose the war". The purpose of having a strategy is to reach a goal that is the ultimate point one wants. The final score is achieving this, not how many battles you win on the way to the end goal.
It made me think about my past and what I wanted 40 years ago and where I am at now is not the same even though I followed what I thought was the plan and won my battles.
I may be close to retiring from work, but not yet close to retire from living and Hannibal and Me has given me a new view of how to live better in the future.
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