Well, it’s a busy day for reviews of Hannibal and Me.
That’s now the 8th or 9th review, depending on how you count. (As a reminder, I’m keeping a list of everything here.)
Like the Journal, the Post also “grouped” me with two other books, but in this case two “self-improvement” books.
The author, a longtime correspondent for the Economist, will surely elicit comparisons to the work of Malcolm Gladwell and others with his new book, which deals with pressure, resilience and why some people (and companies) thrive while others don’t. Kluth’s originality lies in examining the successes and failures of the legendary Carthaginian general Hannibal in order to illuminate our own. One of Kluth’s tenets is that “part of success is adjusting your idea of what it is.” That can be true for failure, as well, he reasons, and it’s important to know the difference. For example, Hannibal’s miraculous crossing of the Alps was a triumph in the short run, but in the end his enemies, the Romans, endured.
OK, OK. Compared to … Gladwell, called “original”, …. I guess I’ll take it. 😉