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on 18 September 2013
The major part of this work is devoted to the military strategies and details of the various battles which formed the basis of the second Punic war (218 BCE to 201 BCE).
O'Connell displays a very impressive knowledge of his subject however this is basically an academic book which assumes the reader has previous insight into the history of this period and in the absence of this, the narrative can become very dry.
The author makes no assumptions regarding the events or characters contained within the history which is reflective of the scrupulous research which is apparent throughout.
It is however unfortunate that the book fails to appeal to the layman.