Victor Davis Hanson Show

Movies, Novels, and the Death of Classics: Listeners’ Questions

Listen in to Victor Davis Hanson and cohost Jack Fowler talk about Shane, The Searchers, Lonesome Dove, The Longest Day, Saving Private Ryan, The Bridge on the River Kwai and more movies, Robert Graves’s I Claudius, Mary Renault’s series on Alexander the Great and other novels, and Classics in education. Share This

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‘Duty,’ and the Taint of the Tell-All

Robert Gates’s insider memoir is the latest in a dishonorable genre. by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online  For all the hysteria over former defense secretary Robert Gates’s new insider memoir of his tenure during the Bush and Obama administrations, the disclosures are more breaches of trust than earth-shattering revelations. Much of Duty: Memoirs of a …

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The Launch of the Freedom Academy

by Victor Davis Hanson // PJ Media  Today launches the Freedom Academy®, a project some 18 months in the making. In the present age, we need a meeting place where people can rediscover what freedom entails and appreciate the origins and role of liberty. The majority of Americans yearn for a rebirth of these values that have …

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Reading Among the Ruins

by Victor Davis Hanson // PJ Media  I have been reading both new and classic books this week among the ruins (see photos below). Martin Anderson, now almost in his 90th year, has written a fascinating memoir about fashioning a cattle and big-game preservation ranch in Africa: Galana: Elephant, Game Domestication, and Cattle on a Kenya Ranch. At one …

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“The End of Sparta” — A Review

A classicist’s exemplary historical novel. by Albert Louis Zambone // Classicists should infuriate other humanists, in the way that the handsome scholar-athlete who volunteers to help dyslexic children and is a genuinely nice guy should infuriate the guy who just made it onto the football team and has a hard time keeping up his …

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Mideast Nuclear Holocaust

by Raymond Ibrahim // FrontPage Magazine  A Review of The Last Israelis by Noah Beck After constant exposure to critically important news, it begins to lose all meaning and sense of urgency.  Hearing the same warnings over and over again—especially when the status quo seems static—can cause a certain desensitization, a resigned apathy that ignores the warnings in …

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Same old warfare?

by Victor Davis Hanson // TLS A Review of three books: Saltpeter: The mother of gunpowder by David Cressy (Oxford University Press, 237pp) Napalm by Robert M. Neer (Belknap Press, 310pp) Warrior Geeks: How twenty-first-century technology is changing the way we fight and think about war by Christopher Coker (US: Columbia University Press, 330pp) Share This

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The Orthodoxies of a Cult

by Terry Scambray New Oxford Review Faith, Resistance, and the Future: Daniel Berrigan’s Challenge to Catholic Thought.  Edited by James L. Marsh and Anna J. Brown. Fordham University Press. 416 pages.  Share This

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Can the Human Mind Explain Itself?

by Terry Scambray New Oxford Review A Review of Mind & Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False, Thomas Nagel. Oxford University Press, 2012.  128 pages.  $24.95 Share This

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