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The legacy and legend surrounding Carthaginian general Hannibal are brought to life in this historical account of how his mythical military prowess nearly collapsed the Roman empire. Anecdotes and writings provide insight into the life and decisions of the boldest tactician in the ancient world, from his most valiant moment surprising Rome after trekking through the Alps in winter with a gigantic army to his darkest moment in military defeat when he ended his life by falling on his own sword. The man behind the myth and strategy is illuminated in this compelling history. About the Author Joseph Tal is a historian who specializes in marine civilizations of the Mediterranean basin.