Robert L. O'Connell has worked as a senior analyst at the National Ground Intelligence Center, as a contributing editor to MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, and most recently as a visiting professor at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is the author of Of Arms and Men: A History of War, Weapons, and Aggression; Sacred Vessels: The Cult of the Battleship and the Rise of the U.S. Navy; Ride of the Second Horseman: The Birth and Death of War; Soul of the Sword: An Illustrated History of Weaponry and Warfare from Prehistory to the Present; and the novel Fast Eddie.
"A masterpiece of style, imagination, and erudition."--Victor
Davis Hanson, author of A War Like No Other
"Outstanding . . . [a] superb chronicle of events that shaped the fate of Western civilization."--Booklist
"[O'Connell] is able to put himself and his reader on the ground at Cannae, gagging in the heat of a southern Italian midsummer, assailed by an overload from every one of the five senses."--The New York Times Book Review
"Dramatic and comprehensive . . . O'Connell has established the new standard for studies of the second conflict between Rome and Carthage."--Publishers Weekly
"[O'Connell] writes with clarity about an era shrouded in speculation."--Providence Journal-Bulletin