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The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern

Victor Davis Hanson (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Since 9/11, Davis, director of the Hoover Institution’s group on military history and contemporary conflict, has emerged as a major commentator on war making and politics. This anthology brings together 13 of Hanson’s essays and reviews, revised and re-edited. They have appeared over the past decade in periodicals from the American Spectator to the New York Times. Hanson’s introductory generalization that war is a human enterprise that seems inseparable from the human condition structures such subjects as an eloquent answer to the question Why Study War? a defense of the historicity of the film 300, about the Persian Wars, in a masterpiece of envelope pushing, and a comprehensive and dazzling analysis of why America fights as she does. He explains why, though a lesser historian than Thucydides, Xenophon retains a timeless attraction and analyzes war and democracy in light of America‘s decreasing willingness to intervene in places like Rwanda or Darfur. The pieces are well written, sometimes elegantly so, and closely reasoned. They address familiar material from original and stimulating perspectives. Hanson’s arguments may not convince everyone, but cannot be dismissed. His critics and admirers will be pleased to have these pieces available under one cover. (May)


“I have never read another book which explains so well the truth that “war lies in the dark hearts of us all” but that history offers hope. “—William Shawcross, author of Allies and Deliver Us from Evil

“Few writers cover both current events and history–and none with the brilliance and erudition of Victor Davis Hanson. In The Father of Us All, he uses his deep knowledge of military history to shed light on present-day controversies. Required reading for anyone interested in war, past or present.”—Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of The Savage Wars of Peace and War Made New

“Victor Hanson brings to his writing a mixture of learning and reflection that is rare in any age, especially the ignorant one in which we live”—Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College

Product Details:

· Hardcover: 272 pages

· Publisher: Bloomsbury Press; 1 edition

· April 27, 2010

· Language: English

· ISBN-10: 1608191656

· ISBN-13: 978-1608191659

The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern

Victor Davis Hanson (Author)


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