Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers

Fields Without Dreams: Defending the Agrarian Idea

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Book Reviews

“…astute, often bitterly funny.”—The New York Times Book Review

“So detailed, so angry and funny, that it will surely find a lasting readership.”—Bill McKibben, The New York Review of Books

“A vivid work that on the whole is more honest about people who live on the land than any of recent vintage. FIELDS WITHOUT DREAMS is a deadly serious book, but it is enormously entertaining as well.”—The Weekly Standard

“[A] beautiful, combative elegy for the beleaguered family farmer…. FIELDS WITHOUT DREAMS is the best written, most shrewdly observed account of the farmer’s world to appear in some time…. Hanson’s voice is by turns scabrous and compassionate, as resolute in the depiction of villainy as it is heartbreakingly eloquent in its descriptions of physical labor and human virtue…. With this masterpiece of a book, we have, finally, an American Hesiod.”—The Sunday Oregonian

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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.