There are certain names which are familiar, as names, to all mankind; and every person who seeks for any degree of mental cultivation, feels desirous of informing himself of the leading outlines of their history, that he may know, in brief, what it was in their characters or their doings which has given them so widely-extended a fame. Consequently, great historical names alone are selected; and it has been the writer's aim to present the prominent and leading traits in their characters, and all the important events in their lives, in a bold and free manner, and yet in the plain and simple language which is so obviously required in works which aim at permanent and practical usefulness. This volume is dedicated to Hannibal.
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Hannibal is not covered in history classes except for the fact that he crossed the Alps with elephants. That is so sad due to the fact that history at that time is so interesting. This is a,great biography.
Hopefully we can learn; us, the Human race to leave at peace instead of living at war! This is a great example of why we should eradicate war and tyrants from the face of earth for ever!
Well written and detailed
Abbott produces in his writings such rich detail. It is written with clarity and enthusiastic story-telling. Once you have read the book, you understand the characters and perspective the author is intending.