The Father of Us All by Victor Davis Hanson
War and History, Ancient and Modern

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 4 Critic Reviews



Victor Davis Hanson has long been acclaimed as one of our leading scholars of ancient history. In recent years he has also become a trenchant voice on current affairs, bringing a historian's deep knowledge of past conflicts to bear on the crises of the present, from 9/11 to Iran. "War," he writes, "is an entirely human enterprise." Ideologies change, technologies develop, new strategies are invented-but human nature is constant across time and space. The dynamics of warfare in the present age still remain comprehensible to us through careful study of the past. Though many have called the War on Terror unprecedented, its contours would have been quite familiar to Themistocles of Athens or William Tecumseh Sherman. And as we face the menace of a bin Laden or a Kim Jong-Il, we can prepare ourselves with knowledge of how such challenges have been met before.

The Father of Us All brings together much of Hanson's finest writing on war and society, both ancient and modern. The author has gathered a range of essays, and combined and revised them into a richly textured new work that explores such topics as how technology shapes warfare, what constitutes the "American way of war," and why even those who abhor war need to study military history. "War is the father and king of us all," Heraclitus wrote in ancient Greece. And as Victor Davis Hanson shows, it is no less so today.

About Victor Davis Hanson

See more books from this 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
Published May 3, 2010 by Bloomsbury Press. 272 pages
Genres: History, War, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Father of Us All

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Since 9/11, Davis, director of the Hoover Institution's group on military history and contemporary conflict, has emerged as a major commentator on war making and politics. This anthology bring

Mar 01 2010 | Read Full Review of The Father of Us All: War and...

National Review Online

Joining us this week on Uncommon Knowledge, Victor Davis Hanson, military historian, classicist, frequent contributor to the Corner, and author of the new book, The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern.

Mar 15 2010 | Read Full Review of The Father of Us All: War and...


Winston Churchill once proclaimed to the antiwar poet (and much-decorated World War I hero) Siegfried Sassoon, "War is the normal occupation of man!

Apr 26 2010 | Read Full Review of The Father of Us All: War and...

Savannah Now

The title of a recently released collection of essays by Victor Davis Hanson who is a very readable military historian.

Jun 06 2010 | Read Full Review of The Father of Us All: War and...

Reader Rating for The Father of Us All

An aggregated and normalized score based on 67 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review