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Victor Davis Hanson has long been acclaimed as one of our leading scholars of ancient history. In recent years he has also become a trenchant voice on current affairs, bringing a historian's deep knowledge of past conflicts to bear on the crises of the present, from 9/11 to Iran. "War," he writes, "is an entirely human enterprise." Ideologies change, technologies develop, new strategies are invented?but human nature is constant across time and space. The dynamics of warfare in the present age still remain comprehensible to us through careful study of the past. Though many have called the War on Terror unprecedented, its contours would have been quite familiar to Themistocles of Athens or William Tecumseh Sherman. And as we face the menace of a bin Laden or a Kim Jong-Il, we can prepare ourselves with knowledge of how such challenges have been met before. The Father of Us Allbrings together much of Hanson's finest writing on war and society, both ancient and modern. The author has gathered a range of essays, and combined and revised them into a richly textured new work that explores such topics as how technology shapes warfare, what constitutes the "American way of war," and why even those who abhor war need to study military history. "War is the father and king of us all," Heraclitus wrote in ancient Greece. And as Victor Davis Hanson shows, it is no less so today.
Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His many bestselling books include Carnage and Culture, A War Like No Other, and An Autumn of War. His Web site is www.victorhanson.com.
Table of Contents
|Military History: The Orphaned Discipline||p. 1|
|Why Study War?||p. 3|
|Classical Lessons and Post-9/11 Wars||p. 31|
|Raw, Relevant History: From the 300 Spartans to the History of Thucydides||p. 50|
|War Writing||p. 61|
|Thalatta! Thalatta!||p. 63|
|The Old Breed||p. 71|
|The War to Begin All Wars||p. 83|
|Don Juan of Austria is Riding to the Sea||p. 94|
|The Postmodern Meets the Premodern||p. 103|
|The End of Decisive Battle-For Now||p. 105|
|˘Men Make a City, Not Walls or Ships Empty of Men÷||p. 123|
|The American Way of War-Past, Present, and Future||p. 137|
|How Western Wars are Lost-and Won||p. 159|
|Your Defeat, My Victory||p. 161|
|The Odd Couple-War and Democracy||p. 188|
|Who is the Enemy?||p. 212|
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