Ripples of Battle: How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think

Ripples of Battle: How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think

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

The effects of war refuse to remain local: they persist through the centuries, sometimes in unlikely ways far removed from the military arena. In Ripples of Battle, the acclaimed historian Victor Davis Hanson weaves wide-ranging military and cultural history with his unparalleled gift for battle narrative as he illuminates the centrality of war in the human experience.

The Athenian defeat at Delium in 424 BC brought tactical innovations to infantry fighting; it also assured the influence of the philosophy of Socrates, who fought well in the battle. Nearly twenty-three hundred years later, the carnage at Shiloh and the death of the brilliant Southern strategist Albert Sidney Johnson inspired a sense of fateful tragedy that would endure and stymie Southern culture for decades. The Northern victory would also bolster the reputation of William Tecumseh Sherman, and inspire Lew Wallace to pen the classic Ben Hur. And, perhaps most resonant for our time, the agony of Okinawa spurred the Japanese toward state-sanctioned suicide missions, a tactic so uncompromising and subversive, it haunts our view of non-Western combatants to this day.

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ISBN-13: 9780385721943
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/12/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 291,683
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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. He is the author of The Soul of Battle, An Autumn of War, and Carnage and Culture, all published by Anchor Books. His most recent book is The Savior Generals (Bloomsbury 2013). Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007, the Bradley Prize in 2008, as well as the William F. Buckley Prize (2015), the Claremont Institute’s Statesmanship Award (2006), and the Eric Breindel Award for opinion journalism (2002). He divides his time between his farm in Selma, CA, where he was born in 1953, and the Stanford campus.

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Ripples of Battle: How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hanson follows a view of human nature embraced by the American Founders...human nature is full of violence and self serving behavior. Along with Robert Kaplan, the author looks to classical history for guidance to today's issues.After reading Hanson's 'Culture and Carnage' and Kaplan's 'Warrior Politics', I am reluctantly pursuaded they are right and as citizens, we should read them carefully. Having hope for peace alone will not be enough.Preserving Western Culture from those who do not like concensual government, freedom of thought and speech, or capitalism will take effort. Hanson has described some of that. By the way, the first section of the book is his best and full of passion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard VD Hansen at a book reading, practically by accident. My only interest was understanding Southern culture without any previous interest in military history. After hearing his synopsis of the book, I bought Carnage and Culture and this book. The descriptions of three battles in Ripples served to fill in many informational gaps in my understanding of American and Greek history. The language and scholarship of the text were engaging, even fun although sometimes difficult--never muddy, just strenuous. I still am not keen on descriptions that include numerical lists of casualties, arms, etc. but the fact that I made it through this book testifies to the mastery of the author. The epilogue put 9/11 in a rarely heard perspective. Hansen is an iconoclast and swims upstream against the tide of relativism. His ornate language and 'counterculture' viewpoint are bracing. After working through the text there is a reward at the end. The thorough bibliography allowed me to go back through the highly detailed text and briefly reminded me of many of the highlights I had forgotten. Great book! If you are a fan of Socrates or confused by the Southern contribution to our American culture, it is a must read.
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Books got switched. Poseidon kids next res.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The decisions of war are never easy or not pre-dispositional. While there was a vacuum in intelligence there is an abundance of history with unstudied rationale. This book fills some of the gap.