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    DescriptionVictor Davis Hanson has long been acclaimed as one of our leading scholars of ancient history. In recent years he has also become a trenchant voice on current affairs, bringing a historian's deep knowledge of past conflicts to bear on the crises of the present, from 9/11 to Iran. "War," he writes, "is an entirely human enterprise." Ideologies change, technologies develop, new strategies are invented-but human nature is constant across time and space. The dynamics of warfare in the present age still remain comprehensible to us through careful study of the past. Though many have called the War on Terror unprecedented, its contours would have been quite familiar to Themistocles of Athens or William Tecumseh Sherman. And as we face the menace of a bin Laden or a Kim Jong-Il, we can prepare ourselves with knowledge of how such challenges have been met before. "The Father of Us All "brings together much of Hanson's finest writing on war and society, both ancient and modern. The author has gathered a range of essays, and combined and revised them into a richly textured new work that explores such topics as how technology shapes warfare, what constitutes the "American way of war," and why even those who abhor war need to study military history. "War is the father and king of us all," Heraclitus wrote in ancient Greece. And as Victor Davis Hanson shows, it is no less so today.


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    Title
    The Father of Us All
    Subtitle
    War and History, Ancient and Modern
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Victor Davis Hanson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781608194100
    ISBN 10: 1608194108
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: JW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: HBW
    Libri: I-HP
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27400
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A44090000, A14200000, A44091000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 355.0209
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000, HIS039000
    LC classification: U27 .H378 2010
    DC23: 355.0209
    Thema V1.0: JW, NHW
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Press
    Publication date
    21 November 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    “[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 hi