Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers

Ripples of Battle

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With this usefully idiosyncratic and provocative work, Hanson may succeed the late Stephen Ambrose as America’s laureate of military history. But where Ambrose’s tone is ultimately elegiac, reflecting on the deeds and character of a past ‘greatest generation,’ Hanson’s is sharp edged and confrontational, linking past history and present policy…. He makes [his arguments] with conviction and a genuine sense of wanting history to provide valuable lessons.”—Publishers Weekly

“Each human life has an impact on others, creating ripples that eventually affect future generations. Here, Hanson (classics, California State Univ., Fresno; The Western Way of War) argues that the outcomes of certain battles have had far-reaching effects on American culture…. [W]ell written…clear and easy to read…. [T]he arguments are lucid…. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal

“[A] worthy—and timely—outing in military history.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Fascinating and well–executed…. Hanson is a superb storyteller andd a clear and concise writer.”—The Washington Times

“Like any good classicist, Victor Davis Hanson accepts the primacy of military history in human affairs. In RIPPLES OF BATTLE, a sequel of sorts to his masterful CARNAGE AND CULTURE, he shows the fascinating repercussions of three lesser–known battles. You cannot fully understand Hiroshima, the bitterness of the Old South, or the Golden Age of Athens without reding this gem of a book.”—Robert D. Kaplan, author of WARRIOR POLITICS

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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.