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Hannibal's Last Battle: Zama and the Fall of Carthage Hardcover – 10 Oct 2008

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  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Westholme Publishing (10 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594160759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594160752
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,991,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A brilliant account of the final campaign of Hannibal, the great Carthaginian commander who came nearer than any to overthrowing Rome. The author contrasts Hannibal s Generalship with that of his adversary Scipio Africanus, and shows how Roman patience and ruthlessness overcame Hannibal s military genius. --Chris Buckland --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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"The book is crisply written, well researched, and thoroughly documented. While the narrative is sparse, the information contained is densely packed.  Carey makes use of two talented cartographers, Joshua Allfree and John Cairns, who also share the book's byline, and for good reason.  The superlative maps and tactical diagrams are what make this book stand out from every other volume on ancient battles....  In black and white, they are of tremendous value in explicating the tactical genius of both Scipio and Hannibal, the strategic implications of the Punic Wars, and the details of the battle of Zama itself.  Carey's book is a superb piece of scholarship about one of the most dramatic and decisive battles in the ancient world."

-Jim Tucci, Associate Professor of National Security Studies, Air University Journal of Military History

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Carey presents a well-researched and very readable account of the epic military struggle between ancient Rome and Carthage known to history as the Punic Wars. The author breathes life into the ancient historical accounts of Polybius and Livy and supplements his concise narrative with great tactical maps, setting it a part from British Field Marshal Bagnall's book. As the title suggests, the strength of this book is the reconstruction of the Battle of Zama in 202, complete with an eleven map reconstruction of this important engagement. Although lean on political history, this book is a fine introduction to how the Romans and Carthaginians waged Europe's first "Great War".
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When I got this book I was hoping for a book on the battle of Zama. There have been several written on Cannae and I figured that this would be along a similar vein. I was wrong. Frankly, I wonder if the publishers chose the title after the fact. But I'm going to try and ignore this and review this book for what it is. First off, it's a very short book. That is not a good thing when dealing with such a large topic. Basically, the book analyzes the methods of Hannibal and Scipio and shows what type of commanders they both were. There are a number of diagrams for the battles which help in understanding them. Honestly, I don't have a problem with this book as a history of the Punic Wars, but it really needed to include more information. I'd recommend Goldworthy's The Fall of Carthage or Bagnall's The Punic Wars. Both go into more depth and are more enjoyable than this. The only real plus side to this book is the diagrams.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 11 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great starting point on the Punic Wars. 18 Oct. 2009
By Nicholas Noppinger - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent survey of the Punic Wars. Carey also provides the reader with some excellent commentary on the art of warfare in the context of the Punic Wars. Fortunately, military histories sell; unfortunately, this has left the subject inundated with far too many works written by authors that do not have a solid background in military history. Brain Todd Carey is well versed in the subject of warfare and it shows in this book. The text provides the reader with a good background on the subject and the book is superbly illustrated.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fall of Carthage 20 Feb. 2015
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Building a navy from scratch and in the process end up routing an existing naval power is an example of what dogged persistence and not accepting defeat brings---in the case of Rome, an empire and the complete dectruction of a great rival's civilization.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book on the era of the Punic wars 25 April 2011
By BernardZ - Published on Amazon.com
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I was disappointed because I brought a book on the battle of Zama and instead got a book on the Punic wars.

Having said that it is a good military study of the conflict. I love the maps of the battles. The explanations of what happened in the battles it is very good.

It does not really contain much on the social and economics of the conflicts. As such it is good as a companion book on the subject.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 27 Feb. 2015
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Great information for my Seminar class.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Misleading Title, But a Decent Overview of the Second Punic War 26 July 2009
By Arch Stanton - Published on Amazon.com
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When I got this book I was hoping for a book on the battle of Zama. There have been several written on Cannae and I figured that this would be along a similar vein. I was wrong. Frankly, I wonder if the publishers chose the title after the fact. But I'm going to try and ignore my disappointment and review this book for what it is. First off, it's a very short book. That is not a good thing when dealing with such a large topic. Basically, the book analyzes the methods of Hannibal and Scipio and shows what type of commanders they both were. There are a number of diagrams for the battles which help in understanding them. Honestly, I don't have a problem with this book as a history of the Punic Wars, but it really needed to include more information. I'd recommend Goldworthy's The Fall of Carthage or Bagnall's The Punic Wars. Both go into more depth and are more enjoyable than this. The only real plus side to this book is the diagrams.
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