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An Autumn of War: What America Learned from September 11 and the War on Terrorismby Victor Hanson
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Victor Davis Hanson was educated at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and received his Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford University. He farmed full-time for five years before returning to academia in 1984 to initiate a Classics program at California State University, Fresno. Currently, he is Professor of Classics there and Coordinator of the Classical Studies Program.
Hanson has written articles, editorials, and reviews for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Daily Telegraph, International Herald Tribune, American Heritage, City Journal, American Spectator, National Review, Policy Review, The Wilson Quarterly, The Weekly Standard, and Washington Times, and has been interviewed on numerous occasions on National Public Radio and the BBC, and appeared with David Gergen on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He writes a biweekly column about contemporary culture and military history for National Review Online.
He is also the author of some eighty scholarly articles, book reviews, and newspaper editorials on Greek, agrarian, and military history, and contemporary culture. He has written or edited eleven books, including The Western Way of War, The Soul of Battle, and Carnage and Culture. He lives and works with his wife and three children on their forty-acre tree and vine farm near Selma, California, where he was born in 1953.
A collection of articles and essays, written for the National Review Online in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, looks at the terrorist attack, the War on Terrorism, and their significance in terms of a wide-ranging historical, social, and cultural context. Original. 20,000 first printing.
On September 11, 2001, hours after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, the author wrote an article in which he asserted that the United States, like it or not, was now at war and had the moral right to respond with force. This book, which opens with that first essay, will stimulate readers across the political spectrum to think more deeply about the attacks, the war, and their lessons for all of us.
Table of Contents
Chronology of events — Introduction : Why September 11 won't go away — I. September. 1. What are we made of? — 2. Western nations are slow to anger, but lethal in their fury — 3. Cornered — 4. Great leaders are forged in war — 5. War myths — 6. Pseudo-military history — 7. General Sherman, the Western way of war, and September 11 — 8. What if? — 9. What would Churchill say? — II. October. 10. On gorgons and furies — 11. Cognitive dissonance — 12. What made them do their duty? — 13. Tragedy or therapy? — 14. War on all fronts — 15. Truth and consequences — 16. The time machine — 17. If this be war — 18. Class war — 19. Ripples of battle — III. November. 20. War talk — 21. The Dogs of war — 22. Heads, they win — 23. More an Okinawa than a Vietnam? — 24. Five not-so-easy pieces — 25. They're back! — 26. The time is now — 27. A voice from the past — 28. The more things change — IV. December. 29. Questions not asked — 30. Dates in infamy — 31. The pied piper of Tora Bora — 32. Our Jurassic Park — 33. Odd couple out — 34. Pillars of ignorance — 35. The iron veil — 36. Glad we are not fighting ourselves — 37. It really is your father's Europe — 38. Winners and losers.
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