Books by Donald Kagan

HISTORY
Released: Nov. 2, 2009

"A fresh, thorough reassessment of the enduring significance of Thucydides."
Kagan (Classics and History/Yale Univ.; The Peloponnesian War, 2003, etc.) presents a tidy, timeless distillation of Thucydides's thought and work. Read full book review >
THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR by Donald Kagan
Released: May 12, 2003

"Authoritative history demonstrating that, though the weaponry may have multiplied, the reactions of leaders and societies during wartime have altered little. (maps, not seen)"
The tale of an ancient conflict, with ample leadership lessons for contemporary statesmen on fate and miscalculation. Read full book review >
WHILE AMERICA SLEEPS by Donald Kagan
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A convincing case for concern over the real costs of a downsizing military, but without tangible recommendations for action."
A comparative analysis of two superpowers, Great Britain and the US, and their willful declines from the heights of imperial glory. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 5, 1995

By examining the causes of specific ancient and modern wars, Kagan tries to determine the underlying reasons for war in general. While scholars throughout history have studied this matter, Kagan (Classics, History, Western Civilization/Yale; The Fall of the Athenian Empire, not reviewed, etc.) argues that it has a special urgency in our own time because of the catastrophe threatened by modern warfare. Read full book review >