Hannibal: Makers of History
Written by Jacob Abbott--updated for younger readers!
Foreword by Ben House
"Later in life, several years after his attempt at subduing Rome, it is believed that Hannibal was asked by Scipio Africanus, the Roman general who defeated him at Carthage, who Hannibal thought was the best military general of all time. Hannibal is reported to have said Alexander the Great was first, another Greek general was second, and that Hannibal was third. But Hannibal qualified this response by asserting that had he beat Scipio Africanus, then Hannibal would have been the best military general ever. Abbott presents the life of Hannibal in graphic detail. His account is stirring, engaging and gripping. This is an excellent supplement to a history course as well as delightful reading. While motivated by selfish designs, Hannibal is still an outstanding example of how assiduity can overcome great odds."