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A master historian explores how war has shaped our societies--and how societies shape warfare--from Ancient Greece to the present day, in a sweeping survey that offers profound lessons for facing today's conflicts.
Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University; a professor emeritus of classics at California State University, Fresno; and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. His many bestselling books include Carnage and Culture, A War Like No Other, and An Autumn of War.
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"[A] lively collection … the writing is always elegant and erudite."—Foreign Affairs
"Hanson has provided a thoughtful, wide-ranging look at the fundamental questions of war and peace."—MHQ, The Quarterly Journal of Military History.
"A masterpiece of envelope pushing, and a comprehensive and dazzling analysis of why America fights as she does. Hanson’s arguments may not convince everyone, but cannot be dismissed."—Publishers Weekly"Not a happy message to peace-studies idealists but one a balanced current-events collection should include."—Booklist"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