• Hannibal and Me

  • What History’s Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us About Success and Failure
  • By: Andreas Kluth
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (210 ratings)

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Hannibal and Me

By: Andreas Kluth
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
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Publisher's Summary

The lives of Hannibal and his Roman enemies are the stuff of legend. But these classic stories contain truths with relevance today: The seeds of our successes lie in our failures, and within our successes are the kernels of our failure. Knowing how to recognize these paradoxes will help us to be more effective at work, at school, at home, and with others.

A big new idea book that springs from ancient history, Hannibal and Me explores these exciting ideas by analyzing the experiences of Hannibal and others who made their mark on history. By turns a riveting adventure tale, a compelling human drama, and an insightful guide to understanding behavior, this is essential listening for successful people and for those who seek to transform misfortune into success.

©2011 Andreas Kluth (P)2012 Tantor

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"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)

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Wow

Hannibal and me is a truly inspiring work that I think everyone (particularly young men) should read it will really help you. The book isn't only about Hannibal many famous and historic characters make appearances in the novel each one teaching life lessons that are extremely deep and surprisingly useful. I guess if you had to call this novel anything it would be modern philosophy. Honeslty, whenever my friends and loved ones come to me with some sort of problem or tragedy I give them this book and tell them to read it. I do this because I know by the end they will find the answer they seek. I can't say anough good things about this book it's really amazing and I highly suggest you take some time out to read it.

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Entertaining while making you think

I loved the rich historical stories and the many mini biographies from different eras. He looks past the individual accomplishment or defeat to judge success or failure of a person over a lifetime. Like statistics he drew his teachings from these stories while someone else could draw other conclusions. Overall highly recommended audio that looks at your own and famous peoples accomplishments in a different light. Entertaining while making you think.

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Good. Very worthwhile.

It caused me to think about events in my own life and my subsequent actions. It’s an uplifting book. It reminds me of the Malcolm Gladwell books. If you like those, I think you’ll like this.

The author talks about many famous people - their triumphs, tragedies, successes, failures. What makes this book special is seeing what these people did “after” their success or failure, what happened and why. Some reacted poorly to success resulting in problems or tragedy. Some made changes in their lives after a failure which led to great success. I enjoyed these stories.

The author talks about psychological concepts: the stages of grief when there is a loss (or failure) and a little about Maslow’s self actualization. He talks about John Paul Sartre’s statement “Hell is other people” - the schoolyard bully, office politics, and any mediocre man or woman who sees others succeed and hates them for it. Hannibal and Scipio (the Roman commander) had great success but later suffered due to fellow citizens who were jealous and conspired against them.

The Hannibal story is fascinating. He was outnumbered. He was facing the Romans on a plain which is the way the Romans liked to fight. Yet Hannibal was able to surround the Romans so that most of the Romans were inside their own circle and couldn’t get to the perimeter to fight. Hannibal won. I loved what Scipio did in a later battle - how he defended against Hannibal’s attacking war elephants.

Hannibal was successful in battles, but he (Carthage) lost the war with the Romans - 13 years later. The author shows how tactics win battles, but strategies win wars. Ask whether you want to annihilate the enemy, or get concessions and live in harmony afterwards. The latter means allowing the enemy dignity.

It was fascinating how the Romans used strategy. Those who engaged in battle with Hannibal lost. Fabius (a Roman leader) was successful because he would not fight Hannibal. He was an example of how doing nothing can be the best course of action.

The author talked about early vs. late achievers. Picasso and Einstein were early achievers. Picasso’s later works were never as famous as his early works and sold for less. After Einstein’s early success, he had no more success in his field because he lost his youthful imagination and was close minded. He refused to accept the idea of randomness and chaos which is the basis for quantum something. Cezanne, Harry Truman, and Carl Jung were examples of later-in-life achievers.

Other stories include Eleanor Roosevelt, Ludwig Erhard (former head or W. Germany), Shackleton (Antartica explorer), Meriwether Lewis (Lewis & Clark expedition), Amy Tan (novelist), Morihei Ueshiba (founded the Japanese martial art of aikido), the Chinese President Liu Shaoqi and his wife, Tiger Woods, Cleopatra, Lance Armstrong, Eliot Spitzer, and Steve Jobs.

The narrator Sean Runette was good.

Genre: psychology and history, nonfiction

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Strategies and tactics for Kipling's 'If'.

I have always enjoyed stories of ancient Rome, and especially the story of Hannibal. This book gave me a new perspective on that familiar history. Kluth's account was true to the history, but still felt entirely original. The book is littered with biographies of disperse and seemingly unrelated figures in history that are used to accentuate specific philosophical points. I will no longer be able to think of Hannibal or Scipio or Fabius without also thinking of Kipling's 'If'.

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Interesting book

I enjoyed the book very much. The way Kluth combines the life of Hannibal and other historical figures is fascinating. Overall a good read and a philosophical book worth the time.

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Boring and repetitive

I honestly don't understand why so many amazing reviews. I'm halfway through the book and I'm not sure I'll finish it, I'm bored to death. Sure the book has some pretty good ideas sprinkled here and there but its a collection of stories that go on and on and on and all the details and minutiae, often repeted, are given in every chapter.

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Awesome

Honestly the value in this book is immense. I can honestly say that this book can save someone’s life which would have otherwise been wasted. Recommend strongly!

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uplifting

Comparing the tales of Hannibal, Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, the author, and other historical figures, a beautiful insight is placed into attention. We all have our journey which encounters triumphs and disasters, and they are all impostors. A masterpiece of spiritual insights and the journey of multiple heroes.

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Narrated by a person with a speech impediment!!

How could they allow this terrible voice to narrate such a good book.

Completely disappointed!

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Greatest practical history book

This book takes timeless classic historical takes of Hannibal and Scipio along with biographical takes of dozens of other great leaders and distills their stories into concise, practical guides to start living a better and more interesting life today. Most read, and reread every year or so. This is a hidden gem