Below you will find a list of books that members of the Geopolitical Futures team are currently reading. It highlights insightful and relevant books from around the globe and the reasons we chose them. The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic By Robert L. O’Connell Xander Snyder: I picked up this book when I was preparing a report on the Battle of Cannae, which took place in 216 B.C. I expected it to focus on just the battle itself, but it covered much more. The book focuses on the few soldiers who escaped Hannibal’s double envelopment at the Battle of Cannae, one of the greatest military defeats that ancient Rome suffered in its millennium-long history. As Hannibal lay waste to the Italian countryside, these veterans – who came to be known as the legiones Cannenses, a term intended as a mark of shame owing to their “cowardice” displayed at the battle by escaping with their lives – were exiled to Sicily, where they remained for over a decade. Robert L. O’Connell called them the “ghosts of Cannae.” The Second Punic War ended when a young general named Scipio Africanus decided to take the fight to Carthage […]

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