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Ripples of Battle

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Ripples of Battle by Victor Davis Hanson
Oct 12, 2004 | ISBN 9780385721943
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    Oct 12, 2004 | ISBN 9780385721943

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    Oct 12, 2004 | ISBN 9781400095322

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“What [Hanson] brings to the public discussion–along with an unusually vigorous prose style and a remarkable erudition–is a philosophy of war not meant for the weak—kneed or faint—hearted. Hanson does not celebrate war, but he accepts it as a fact of life, a part of the human condition that no amount of idealistic preaching or good intentions can will away.” –The New York Times Book Review

“Victor Davis Hanson is refreshingly unabashed about being an old-fashioned military historian . . . [and] he displays an exceptional chronological sweep.” –The Washington Post Book World

“What’s most impressive about Hanson’s work is his constant reminder that history is not just a faceless story of economic and social progress, but also one about the strength of individuals, brought to life here in masterly prose.” —The Christian Science Monitor

“His premise is fascinating and well executed. . . . A great little book. . . . Hanson is a superb storyteller and a clear and concise writer.” —The Washington Times

Table Of Contents

List of Maps

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

Shiloh’s Ghosts, April 6–7, 1862

Morning: The Birth of Uncle Billy
Afternoon: The Myth of the Lost Opportunity
Evening: Ben-Hur
Night: The Klansman

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

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