Patrick n hunts recounting of the life and campaigns of hannibal is the most comprehensive ive read to date hunt does well with consolidating various accounts into one main through line of narrative without sacrificing accuracy or detail. Review of hannibal by patrick n hunt my usual reference for hannibals campaign against the romans 218 202 is the punic wars by brian caven published in 1992 of course we also have polybius and livy who were closer to the action but not contemporary to it. An archaeologist and historian shares his vast knowledge of the life of the leader of the second punic war 213 202 bce hunt a fellow of the royal geographical society displays an ability to teach without preaching and entertain without lowering literary standards making for an exciting biography of one of historys greatest commanders. Patrick hunts hannibal is a rare combination of impeccable scholarship and good writing knowing what the author knows this biography could have been 900 pages long instead it hits the scales at below 300 the perfect fighting weight for one of historys most lethal combatants
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