Books by Victor Davis Hanson

Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An ingenious, always provocative analysis of history's most lethal war."
Not just another account of World War II, but a thoughtful overview of the battles that were "emblematic of the larger themes of how the respective belligerents made wise and foolish choices about why, how, and where to fight the war." Read full book review >
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
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A masterful work of classical and modern history and a compelling reading experience for anyone interested in how democracies wage war."
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 >
Released: April 7, 1998

"An elegy that slaughters a hecatomb of sacred cows along the way."
Juvenalian ridicule, Ciceronian argument, and Cato-like censure animate a lively defense of the deadest of dead languages and dead white European males. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1996

"So today does Wendell Berry, alongside whose agrarian essays this intriguing book should be shelved."
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 >