Hannibal, Us and Him

Andreas Kluth, author of, Hannibal and Me: What History's Greatest Military Leader Can Teach Us About Success and Failure has written a fun post about On Hannibal's Trail at his blog:


The idea of Andreas' book is that stories about lives like Hannibal's can offer lessons and parallels to all of us.  Andreas has been fascinated by the life of Hannibal since he was a child and finally left his job as an investment banker because of this and a feeling that his job lacked purpose. He says, "Hannibal also warns us, like Einstein and Tennessee Williams and other creative people, how easy it is to let success become a prison. I mean a prison of the imagination. What made these people successful was a certain irreverence, an openness to radical ideas, a disdain for conventional wisdom. But success makes people less open to such ideas. So successful people must do some unorthodox things to stay open, creative, supple."


  •  Danny

    Hi David,
    Thanks for your interest and very glad you enjoyed the series! We three didn't write a book about the the three possible routes we tested - Col du Clapier, Col de la Traversette and Montgenevre - but as you probably know there is a load of literature about it. If you look up Patrick Hunt from University Stanford online he's done some interesting work surveying Hannibal's possible route and written about it (he thinks it's Clapier). For works less focused on the particular route I think we would all recommend Serge Lancel's 'Hannibal' and for a less academic, entertaining account of travelling the route (in a car), Leonard Cottrell's, 'Hannibal Enemy of Rome.'

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