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Hannibal’s enduring reputation as both a man and a brilliant general is largely due to his enemies’ fascination with him. Universally ranked as one of the greatest tacticians and military strategists in history, Hannibal and his tactics have been studied as real-life lesson for even the most modern of wars. Under his leadership, Carthage came close to dominating the western Mediterranean; his total victory would have changed the course of history. Yet, on at least three occasions, a different strategic choice might have brought that elusive overall victory. This engaging history examines the contradictions and paradoxes of Hannibal’s career, including his puzzling final battle and enduring legacy. Exploring Hannibal’s politics just as voraciously as his storied military exploits, Dexter Hoyos fully considers issues regarding the possibility of postponing the Roman conflict in order to concentrate on Carthage’s own prosperity—creating an objective, questioning, and cogent portrayal of most famous Carthaginian in history.