Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers

An Autumn of War: What America Learned from September 11 and the War on Terrorism

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“Victor Hanson is a national treasure. No one has written with such great prescience about the present war or more accurately predicted the course of events, on the fighting front, at home, and around the world. His wisdom arises from a deep knowledge and understanding of history, ancient and modern. His uncanny accuracy in prediction comes from a full and clear grasp of the facts and the application to them of an informed understanding of human nature and the character of war. All this he presents in clear, vigorous and eloquent prose. Every American needs to learn him.”—Donald Kagan, author of ON THE ORIGINS OF WAR AND THE PRESERVATION OF PEACE

“Bold and politically incorrect, AN AUTUMN OF WAR is like a breath of fresh air in pointing to the real causes of terrorist outrages and the need for a decisive response.”—Richard Pipes, author of THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION

“The aftermath of September 11 saw Victor Davis Hanson’s emergence as a national scholarly resource. These essays tear through the self–doubt and defeatism to which many of his fellow academics succumbed. Reading these pieces as they came out, I felt less lonely about our historical situation. Through vast references to classical and modern history, Hanson shows that the War on Terrorism is part of a long sotry of the West’s struggle against barbarism.”—Robert D. Kaplan, author of WARRIOR POLITICS

“Together with John Keegan, [Hanson] is our most interesting historian of war.”—Jean Bethke Elshtain, author of WOMEN AND WAR

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About Victor Davis Hanson

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 of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. He is also the Wayne & Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History, Hillsdale College, where he teaches each fall semester courses in military history and classical culture.