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Victor Hanson

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Victor Davis Hanson was educated at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and received his Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford University. He farmed full-time for five years before returning to academia in 1984 to initiate a Classics program at California State University, Fresno. Currently, he is Professor of Classics there and Coordinator of the Classical Studies Program.

Hanson has written articles, editorials, and reviews for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Daily Telegraph, International Herald Tribune, American Heritage, City Journal, American Spectator, National Review, Policy Review, The Wilson Quarterly, The Weekly Standard, and Washington Times, and has been interviewed on numerous occasions on National Public Radio and the BBC, and appeared with David Gergen on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He writes a biweekly column about contemporary culture and military history for National Review Online.

He is also the author of some eighty scholarly articles, book reviews, and newspaper editorials on Greek, agrarian, and military history, and contemporary culture. He has written or edited eleven books, including The Western Way of War, The Soul of Battle, and Carnage and Culture. He lives and works with his wife and three children on their forty-acre tree and vine farm near Selma, California, where he was born in 1953.

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The Cold War
A Military History
Written by Stephen E. Ambrose, Caleb Carr, Thomas Fleming and Victor Hanson
Edited by Robert Cowley


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 7, 2006
Price: $18.00

Even fifteen years after the end of the Cold War, it is still hard to grasp that we no longer live under its immense specter. For nearly half a century, from the end of World War II to the early 1990s, all world events hung in the balance of a simmering... Read more >
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An Autumn of War
What America Learned from September 11 and the War on Terrorism
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $13.00

On September 11, 2001, hours after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, the eminent military historian Victor Davis Hanson wrote an article in which he asserted that the United States, like it or not, was now at war and had the moral right to respond with force. An Autumn... Read more >
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An Autumn of War
What America Learned from September 11 and the War on Terrorism
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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Between War and Peace
Lessons from Afghanistan to Iraq
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $13.95

In his acclaimed collection An Autumn of War, the scholar and military historian Victor Davis Hanson expressed powerful and provocative views of September 11 and the ensuing war in Afghanistan. Now, in Between War and Peace, a collection of challenging new essays, he examines the world’s ongoing war on terrorism, from... Read more >
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Between War and Peace
Lessons from Afghanistan to Iraq
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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Carnage and Culture
Landmark Battles in the Rise to Western Power
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 27, 2002
Price: $17.00

Examining nine landmark battles from ancient to modern times—from Salamis, where outnumbered Greeks devastated the slave army of Xerxes, to Cortes’s conquest of Mexico to the Tet offensive—Victor Davis Hanson explains why the armies of the West have been the most lethal and effective of any fighting forces in the world.

Looking... Read more >
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Carnage and Culture
Landmark Battles in the Rise to Western Power
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: eBook, 544 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $13.99

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Ripples of Battle
How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $15.95

Ripples of Battle considers the impact of three specific battles both in their own time and on the subsequent course of human events.

In the wake of 9-11, comparisons were heard between the suicidal Islamic pilots and the kamikazes of WWII. Hanson (who lost an uncle at Okinawa) argues that the real... Read more >
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Ripples of Battle

Written by Victor Hanson


Format: eBook
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $11.99

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The Soul of Battle
From Ancient Times to the Present Day, How Three Great Liberators Vanquished Tyranny
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 17, 2001
Price: $18.00

Examining in riveting detail the campaigns of three brilliant generals who led largely untrained forces to victory over tyrannical enemies, Hanson shows how the moral confidence with which these generals imbued their troops may have been as significant as any military strategy they utilized. Theban general Epaminondas marched an army of... Read more >

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A War Like No Other
How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $17.00

One of our most provocative military historians, Victor Davis Hanson has given us painstakingly researched and pathbreaking accounts of wars ranging from classical antiquity to the twenty-first century. Now he juxtaposes an ancient conflict with our most urgent modern concerns to create his most engrossing work to date, A War Like... Read more >
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A War Like No Other
How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: November 30, 2011
Price: $13.99

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The Western Way of War
Infantry Battle in Classical Greece
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 1, 2013
Price: $19.99

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The Life of Alexander the Great

Written by Plutarch
Edited by Arthur Hugh Clough
Translated by John Dryden
Introduction by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $9.95

From one of the most eminent biographers of the ancient world, here is the story that has intrigued readers for centuries--the young king of Macedonia who became known as one of the greatest military geniuses of all time.

Victor Davis Hanson wrote the Introduction to this Modern Library edition of Plutarch's The... Read more >
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The Life of Alexander the Great

Written by Plutarch
Edited by Arthur Hugh Clough
Translated by John Dryden
Introduction by Victor Hanson


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $8.99

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