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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.

About the Author

Victor Davis Hanson is a military historian who is a professor of classics at California State University, Fresno. He has written several scholarly and popular books on ancient history and classical warfare, including The Other Greeks, The Western Way of War, and The Soul of Battle. He lives in Selma, California.

Table of Contents

List of Maps

Introduction

CHAPTER 1

The Wages of Suicide: Okinawa, April 1-July 2, 1945

Recipe for a Holocaust

The Laboratory of Suicide

Divine Wind

The Military Lessons

Epilogue: The Men of Okinawa

CHAPTER 2

Shilohs Ghosts, April 6-7, 1862

Morning: The Birth of Uncle Billy

Afternoon: The Myth of the Lost Opportunity

Evening: Ben-Hur

Night: The Klansman

Postmortem

CHAPTER 3

The Culture of Delium, November 424 B.C.

The Battle

Euripides and the Rotting Dead

Thespian Tragedies

The Faces of Delium

Socrates Slain?

Beauty from the Dead

The Birth of Tactics

What Was Delium?

Epilogue: The Imprint of Battle

Acknowledgments

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385721943
Author:
Hanson, Victor Davis
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Hanson, Victor
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
Military-General History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20041031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 PP BandW ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.04x5.26x.63 in. .64 lbs.

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