Michael Stürmer, a high-profile German columnist and historian, has written a great review of Hannibal and Me in Die Welt.
It’s in German, but I’ll translate a few bits. (Those of you who can may fact-check me. ;))
… It’s a brilliant hybrid-study, in the genre of the moral biographies of older times…
What was — this is the recurring question — the secret of success within both triumph and disaster?
… After 300 pages, conclusions are drawn. These are politically incorrect in that they extrapolate from the art of war to life. The most important: Remain calm when others flounder. Never confuse ends and means, strategy and tactics. Whether young or old, have young ideas. But cultivate, even while young, old (and old-fashioned) discipline.
When misfortune comes, react at first as Fabius Cunctator did, and then as Scipio did…. Success depends on how you define it. See the best in people but protect yourself against the worst in them. Success means becoming a mensch. Do what you must do with equanimity.
But enough propaganda. I was just going through some old files and found something amusing. Let me tell you in another post….