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Publication Order of Napoleonic War Books

True Soldier Gentlemen (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beat the Drums Slowly (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Send Me Safely Back Again (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All in Scarlet Uniform (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Run Them Ashore (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Whose Business is to Die (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Vindolanda Books

Vindolanda (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Encircling Sea (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brigantia (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Roman Army At War (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Punic Wars (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Caesar's Civil War (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In the Name of Rome (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Roman Warfare (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rome At War (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Caesar (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cannae (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fall of the West (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Antony and Cleopatra (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Complete Roman Army (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fall of Carthage (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Caesar's Civil War 49-44 BC (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How Rome Fell (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Augustus (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pax Romana (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hadrian's Wall (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Philip and Alexander (2020) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Adrian Goldsworthy
Adrian Goldsworthy is an English author of history and historical fiction highlighting the lives of notable men and women in history. He’s the author of numerous bestselling books including biographies of Augustus and Julius Caesar. Goldsworthy comes with a background in Ancient and Modern history as well as a doctorate in ancient military history. He has previously taught military history in various institutions, but writes full-time.
Caesar: Life of a Colossus
Caesar documents the rise and fall of Caesar one of the greatest Roman emperors. Besides from covering the man’s achievement, Goldsworthy also includes the details about him as a captive in the hands of pirates, seducer of his political rival’s wives, and as an acting high priest in a cult.

Goldsworthy paints a picture of a man with a complex character while highlighting some of the reasons why Caesar’s military and political leadership still with us resonates two centuries later. What are some of the challenges that Caesar had to overcome to rise to power? How about his wife and children? Get answers to these and more questions in this intriguing memoir.

The biography starts with a highlight of the many hats Caesar wore in the course of his life. From a fugitive to a rising politician, the author covers it all. Even the period when Caesar was considered an enemy to the State is highlighted here. All these occurrences are not just mentioned in passing. The author details them so well reading them will transport you to the past, thousands of years ago. Intriguingly, a man who had such an eventful life could leave such a notable mark in history.

Caesar tells the story of a man who had immense charm, a gift of practical intelligence, and a genius where the military command is concerned. Even though Cesar’s story has been told over and over countless times, the author does an excellent job of adding precise details about his youth and early life. Goldsworthy also brings to life the Gallic campaigns and the colliding personalities whose actions triggered the Civil War. The prose is gripping, and some scenes like the maneuvering between Caesar and Pompey will leave you breathless. Goldsworthy also highlights the bizarre occurrences during the Alexandrian war that read more like fiction.

It is important to note that the author gives an unbiased account of Caesar’s life. By presenting the facts, the author allows the reader to make their conclusions about the controversies surrounding Caesar’s life. This is not to mean that the novel reads like a boring history book, far from it. You can expect to sympathize with this great legend, and at times with that, he had made better choices. The story also touches on other people who interacted with Caesar throughout his life. From his stepson to the enemies he worked hard to defeat, you will read all about them here.

Caesar is a fun read that documents the life of this Roman emperor. The book is slightly over 500 words and comes in the form of text and black and white maps and photographs. If you have any interest in the life of Caesar, you are going to love this book. The narration is flawless, and the details are accurate and simple to understand. While this is not a book to gobble up in a single sitting, the writing is excellent, and the story is quite interesting.

The Punic Wars
The Punic Wars delivers a detailed account of one of the most significant conflicts in history. A lot has been written about this war, and Goldsworthy brings a new perspective on this notable period in history. The book concentrates on all the Punic Wars between Carthage and Rome. It is these wars that led to the dominance of the Roman empire. The military buffs are quite captivating, and so are the characters highlighted here. So, how did the wars start? What factors triggered them?

Goldsworthy writes like an academician but uses a simple enough language for the layman to understand. The story is strong on military techniques and history while also highlighting a few details about the key people involved in these wars. Some of these people include Fabius Maximus, Hannibal, and Scipio Aemilianus. Goldsworthy analyses the Carthage and Roman cultures and their differences. The author gives a well-documented account of the Roman political system as well as the army. The author explains in detail the factors that led to the three wars and the key highlights in each. By the end of the book, it will be easy to see how Rome triumphed over its political enemies.

Aside from just putting together historical facts, Goldsworthy also airs his views about different historical occurrences. For example, the author refutes the idea that Roman politics were broken down into parties. Unlike the current politics that are made of various political parties, client groups and the extended family mattered then. Elections were held more frequently, and they were decided based on a family’s past deeds and prestige. This was because the people believed that the younger generation could be depended on to uphold the past deeds in their family lineage. All the military leaders in Rome were loyal, but this could not be said of Carthage. Even with no political power, the poor supported the State and were happy to go whenever the need arose.
The Punic Wars is perfect if you are interested in learning about these conflicts and the rise of the Roman empire. The book is detailed without being boring, and it is clear that the author took the time to do his research. Goldsworthy is a great narrator, and the audio version of this book will literally transport you back over two thousand years. Do you want to get a fresh perspective on the Punic wars? Are you interested in more details that you will find in an ordinary history book? If your answer is yes, you can be sure that you are going to love this book. The author is quite knowledgeable about these and other historical periods, and it helps that he uses a language that is easy for everyone to understand.

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