As a child, Hannibal swore to be an enemy of one of the most powerful nations on earth. He spent his life living up to the promise. As commander of the army of Carthage, Hannibal battled Rome for control of the Mediterranean world. He marched 60,000 men across the frozen Alps into Rome. He ransacked the countryside and outfoxed the great Roman legions. He left fields in ruins and villages in flames. All across the land, he made the Romans dread the sound of one familiar phrase: Hannibal is at the gates! Series Information: From Vlad the Impaler to Grigory Rasputin, to Ivan the Terrible, some of the most heinous moments in history are exposed in these highly illustrated biographies of some of the most villainous tyrants who walked the earth. "A Wicked History" will be the definitive biography series for middle and high school students on the evil individuals who twisted the course of history. The design is sophisticated to attract middle-school and high-school readers, yet the reading level is on target and readily accessible to readers of all levels.