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Pride of Carthage: A Novel of Hannibal by David Anthony Durham
Pride of Carthage is a fictionalized account of the life and battles of the Carthaginian leader, Hannibal. David Anthony Durham's historical novel follows the events of the Second Punic War, with Hannibal taking over the remnants of the army upon the death of his father. Seeking justice and revenge, Hannibal decides to lead a preemptory attack on Roman forces before they can lay siege to Carthage. He knows his best chance to build an army large enough is to tap into the disaffected enemies from the outer areas of the Roman Empire. As he conquers different Roman outposts, rather than destroy the city, he finds more men to complement his own forces, eventually leading his elephant-led attack through the Alps. Pride of Carthage is not just a blood-soaked saga of gargantuan battles between warring armies, but a story of the life and family of Hannibal and the lives they were forced to live as servants and enemies of Rome. Pride of Carthage has received positive reviews with The Christian Science Monitor saying, "Much that was lost is revived here in all its glory and gore, but ultimately what's more stunning is Durham's imagination, his sensitivity to the cost and exhaustion of war. It's a brilliant exploration of the tension between private destiny and historical force, as full of the sweep of geopolitics as the quiet intimacies of a marriage. He so clearly creates the hopes and fears of these people removed from us by time and culture that we can recognize our tragic, common heritage."