Books by Victor Davis Hanson

Released: May 14, 2013

"A highly selective chronicle of elaborate eleventh-hour heroics by unconventional thinkers and men of action."
An instructive series of portraits of five military outsiders called in to turn defeat into victory. Read full book review >
THE END OF SPARTA by Victor Davis Hanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A worthy historical re-creation: Hanson has high-minded purposes in depicting the triumph of democracy over dictatorship, but there's plenty of exciting swordplay, too."
Classicist, farmer and conservative commentator Hanson (The Soul of Battle, 1999, etc.) turns to fiction to tell the tale of Sparta's final days. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"A fine example of ancient history made vivid for modern readers."
A well-crafted tale of ugly little battles in faraway places, as newsworthy and compelling today as it was in 400 B.C. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"Overall, though, a worthy—and timely—outing in military history."
A noted student of ancient warfare considers the long-term effects of three battles on the Western world. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 13, 2002

"A victory-or-death view of America's mission against terror."
Essays originally published in National Review Online from just after 9/11 through January 2002, arguing that the war on terrorism is justly rooted in both American and classical ideals. Read full book review >
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Released: Aug. 14, 2001

"A matchless study that combines the brutal facts of war with persuasive findings."
A fascinating study of the way Western values have translated into Western military victories against non-Western cultures. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

A magisterial look at Epaminondas (the Theban general who defeated Sparta), Sherman (who brought down the Confederacy), and Patton (who helped vanquish Hitler) by Hanson, a classics professor at California State Univ., Fresno, and author of such works as Who Killed Homer? (1998) and Fields Without Dreams (1996). Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 7, 1998

Juvenalian ridicule, Ciceronian argument, and Cato-like censure animate a lively defense of the deadest of dead languages and dead white European males. Cynicism, skepticism, and invective are all Greek and Latin concepts, as Hanson (Greek/Calif. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: April 1, 1996

An unusually literate work, at once paean and dirge, on the decline of family farming, which also happens to mark ``the end of a historical cycle in America.'' Hanson (The Western Way of War, 1989) is both a professor of Greek and a farmer in the Central Valley of California. Read full book review >

Released: April 19, 1989

A thoroughgoing appreciation of the warfare waged by Greek city-states that is at once erudite, original, and immensely readable. Read full book review >