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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The End of Sparta (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Western Way of War (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hoplites (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Other Greeks (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fields Without Dreams (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Who Killed Homer (With: John Heath) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Warfare & Agriculture in Classical Greece (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Soul of Battle (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Land Was Everything (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Carnage and Culture (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bonfire of the Humanities (With: John Heath,Bruce S. Thornton) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Craft of Northern California (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mexifornia (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ripples of Battle (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Between War and Peace (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
A War Like No Other (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Autumn of War (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
War, Ancient and Modern (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
How the Obama Administration Threatens Our National Security (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Makers of Ancient Strategy (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Father of Us All (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Obama: The Dream and the Reality (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Savior Generals (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case for Trump (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dying Citizen (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The End of Everything (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of General Military Books

The British Home Guard Pocketbook (By: A.F.U. Green) (0)Description / Buy at Amazon
Otto Skorzeny: The Devil’s Disciple (By: Stuart Smith) (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Forgotten Dead: Why 946 American Servicemen Died Off The Coast of Devon in 1944 (By: Mark Rogerson,Ken Small) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jackspeak: A Guide to British Naval Slang & Usage (By: Rick Jolly) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Joshua L. Chamberlain: The Life in Letters of a Great Leader of the American Civil War (By: Thomas A. Desjardin) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hunt the Bismarck: The Pursuit of Germany's Most Famous Battleship (By: Angus Konstam) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Out of Nowhere: A history of the military sniper, from the Sharpshooter to Afghanistan (By: Martin Pegler) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rome at War (By: Adrian Goldsworthy) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Struggle for a Vast Future: The American Civil War (By: Aaron Sheehan-Dean) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rolling Thunder In A Gentle Land: The Vietnam War Revisited (By: Andrew Wiest) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
FUBAR: Soldier Slang of World War II (By: Gordon L. Rottman) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Officer's Manual of the Western Front: 1914-1918 (By: Stephen Bull) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Warship 2008 (By: John Jordan) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deceiving Hitler: Double-Cross and Deception in World War II (By: Terry Crowdy) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Empire of the Seas: How the Navy Forged the Modern World (By: Brian Lavery) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The English Civil Wars, 1640-1660 (By: Blair Worden) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Greater Ally: The Untold Story of Poland's Forces in World War II (General Mi (By: Kenneth K. Koskodan) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Battleground Prussia (By: Prit Buttar) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Road to Victory: From Pearl Harbor to Okinawa (By: Dale A. Dye,Robert J.O'Neill) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spitfire Pocket Manual: 1939-1945 (By: Martin Robson) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silent Killers: Submarines and Underwater Warfare (By: Clive Cussler,James P. Delgado) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Warship 2011 (By: John Jordan) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Quick Training for War (By: Robert Baden-Powell,Martin Robson) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Panther: Germany's quest for combat dominance (By: Michael; Green Gladys Green) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Para Fitness Guide (By: Sam McGrath) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rice Paddy Navy:U.S. Sailors Undercover in China (By: Linda Kush) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Commando Pocket Manual: 1940-1945 (By: Christopher Westhorp) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare From Stalingrad to Iraq (By: Lou DiMarco) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
America's Elite: U.S. Special Forces From The American Revolution To The Present Day (By: Chris McNab) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
American Tanks & AFVs of World War II (By: Michael Green) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Invasion 1914: The Schlieffen Plan to the Battle of the Marne (By: Ian Senior) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Victory in Valhalla: The untold story of Third Battalion 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment from Bastogne to Berchtesgaden (By: Ian Gardner) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The SAS Pocket Manual: 1941-1945 (By: Christopher Westhorp) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Company of Heroes: A Forgotten Medal of Honor and Bravo Company’s War in Vietnam (By: EricPoole) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Germany Ascendant: The Eastern Front 1915 (By: Prit Buttar) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The History of the Panzerwaffe: Volume I: 1939–42 (By: ThomasAnderson) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Finland at War: the Winter War 1939-40 (By: Vesa Nenye) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
American Knights: The Untold Story of the Men of the Legendary 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion (By: Victor Failmezger) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Finland at War: The Continuation and Lapland Wars 1941–45 (By: Chris Birks,Vesa Nenye,Peter Munter,Toni Wirtanen) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Liberty or Death: The French Revolution (By: Peter McPhee) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Samurai Armour: Volume I: The Japanese Cuirass (By: Trevor Absolon) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maps of War: Mapping conflict through the centuries (By: Jeremy Black) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
We March Against England: Operation Sea Lion, 1940-41 (By: Robert Forczyk) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Instrument of War: The German Army 1914–18 (By: Dennis E. Showalter) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
With Their Bare Hands: General Pershing, the 79th Division, and the battle for Montfaucon (By: Gene Fax) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Loco Spotter’s Guide (By: Stuart Black) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Range Desert Group in World War II (By: Gavin Mortimer) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sevastopol’s Wars: Crimea from Potemkin to Putin (By: Mungo Melvin) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bloodstained Sands: U.S. Amphibious Operations in World War II (By: Michael G. Walling) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Soviet T-10 Heavy Tank and Variants (By: Stephen Sewell,James Kinnear) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadow over the Atlantic: The Luftwaffe and the U-boats: 1943–45 (By: Jim Laurier,Robert Forsyth) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shot Down and in the Drink: True Stories of RAF and Commonwealth Aircrews Saved from the Sea in WWII (By: Graham Pitchfork) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Splintered Empires (By: Prit Buttar) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Panther (By: ThomasAnderson) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Second World Wars (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Concorde Pocket Manual (By: Richard Johnstone-Bryden) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pacific Thunder: The US Navy's Central Pacific Campaign, August 1943–October 1944 (By: Thomas McKelvey Cleaver) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Case Red: The Collapse of France (By: Robert Forczyk) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legion versus Phalanx (By: Myke Cole) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mosquito Pocket Manual: All Marks in Service 1941–1945 (By: Martin Robson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Morning Star, Midnight Sun: The Guadalcanal-Solomons Naval Campaign of World War II (By: Jeffrey R. Cox) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cutty Sark Pocket Manual (By: Arron Hewett,Louise MacFarlane) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snapdragon: The World War II Exploits of Darby's Ranger and Combat Photographer Phil Stern (By: Liesl Bradner,PhilStern) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tidal Wave: From Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay (By: Thomas McKelvey Cleaver) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
HMS Belfast Pocket Manual (By: John Blake) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The German Soldier's Pocket Manual: 1914–18 (By: Stephen Bull) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Not Enough Room to Swing a Cat: Naval slang and its everyday usage (By: Martin Robson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Valley Of The Shadow: The Siege Of Dien Bien Phu (By: Kevin M. Boylan,Luc Olivier) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Day of the Rangers: The Battle of Mogadishu 25 Years On (By: Leigh Neville) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Forts: An illustrated history of building for defence (By: Jeremy Black,National Archives) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Third Reich is Listening: Inside German codebreaking 1939–45 (By: Christian Jennings) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Company Journeys Home: The Forgotten Impact on the Wives of Vietnam Veterans (By: Andrew Wiest) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Run to the Sound of the Guns: The True Story of an American Ranger at War in Afghanistan and Iraq (By: Nicholas Moore,Mir Bahmanyar) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Soviet T-54 Main Battle Tank (By: Stephen Sewell,James Kinnear,Andrey Aksenov) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hitler's Death (By: Luke Daly-Groves) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Bear at War: The Russian and Soviet Army, 1917–Present (By: Chris McNab,Mark Galeotti) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pirate World: A History of the Most Notorious Sea Robbers (By: Angus Konstam) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Survive in the Georgian Navy: A Sailor's Guide (By: National Archives) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Englishman Abroad: SOE Agent Dick Mallaby’s Italian Missions, 1943–45 (By: Gianluca Barneschi) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
War Bows: Longbow, crossbow, composite bow and Japanese yumi (By: Mike Loades) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pilgrim Days: A Lifetime of Soldiering from Vietnam to the SAS (By: Alastair MacKenzie) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Panzerartillerie: Firepower for the Panzer Divisions (By: ThomasAnderson) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Holding the Line: The Naval Air Campaign In Korea (By: Thomas McKelvey Cleaver) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
World War II Battle by Battle (By: Nikolai Bogdanovic) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Doctor for Friend and Foe: Britain's Frontline Medic in the Fight for the Falklands (By: Rick Jolly) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Warship 2019 (By: John Jordan) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scapa 1919: The Archaeology of a Scuttled Fleet (By: Innes McCartney) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wade McClusky and the Battle of Midway (By: David Rigby) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
German submarine U-1105 'Black Panther': The naval archaeology of a U-boat (By: Aaron Stephan Hamilton) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Soviet T-55 Main Battle Tank (By: Stephen Sewell,James Kinnear,Andrey Aksenov) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hurricane Pocket Manual: All marks in service 1939–45 (By: Martin Robson) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
On a Knife's Edge (By: Prit Buttar) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Case White: The Invasion of Poland 1939 (By: Robert Forczyk) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sent by the Iron Sky: The Legacy of an American Parachute Battalion in World War II (By: Ian Gardner) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Persian War: In Herodotus and Other Ancient Voices (By: William Shepherd) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blazing Star, Setting Sun: The Guadalcanal-Solomons Campaign November 1942–March 1943 (By: Jeffrey R. Cox) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Audacious Missions of World War II: Daring Acts of Bravery Revealed Through Letters and Documents from the Time (By: National Archives) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Be PARA Fit: The 4-Week Formula for Elite Physical Fitness (By: Sam McGrath) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hitler's Tanks: German Panzers of World War II (By: Chris McNab) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Master Shipwright's Secrets: How Charles II built the Restoration Navy (By: Richard Endsor) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lawrence of Arabia on War: The Campaign in the Desert 1916–18 (By: Rob Johnson) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devil's Bridge: The German Victory at Arnhem, 1944 (By: Anthony Tucker-Jones) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rome - City in Terror: The Nazi Occupation 1943–44 (By: Victor Failmezger) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Will Run Wild: The Pacific War from Pearl Harbor to Midway (By: Thomas McKelvey Cleaver) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Reckoning (By: Prit Buttar) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mutiny on the Spanish Main: HMS Hermione and the Royal Navy's Revenge (By: Angus Konstam) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood, Metal and Dust: The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq 2001–14 (By: Ben Barry) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Churchill Quiz Book: How much do you know about Britain's wartime leader? (By: Kieran Whitworth) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Warship 2021 (By: John Jordan) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Soviet T-62 Main Battle Tank (By: Stephen Sewell,James Kinnear,Andrey Aksenov) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jutland 1916: The Archaeology of a Naval Battlefield (By: Innes McCartney) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Smithsonian History of Warfare Books

War in the Air 1914-45 (By: Williamson Murray) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Civil War and the Wars of the Nineteenth Century (By: Brian Holden Reid) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Warfare in the Eighteenth Century (By: Jeremy Black) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Second World War in Europe (By: Charles Messenger) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Second World War in the East (By: H.P. Willmott) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Art Of War: War And Military Thought (By: Martin van Creveld) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
War at Sea in the Age of Sail (By: Andrew D. Lambert) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
War at Sea in the Ironclad Age (By: Richard Hill) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
History of Warfare: The Renaissance at War (By: John Keegan,Thomas F. Arnold) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wars of National Liberation (By: Daniel Moran) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wars Of The Ancient Greeks (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roman Warfare (By: Adrian Goldsworthy) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

What If?: The World's Foremost Historians Imagine What Might Have Been(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
What If? 2: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
No End Save Victory(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The California Republic: Institutions, Statesmanship, and Policies(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Politically Correct University(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
International Religious Freedom: The Rise of Global Intolerance(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Victor Davis Hanson is an Illie and Martin Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he is a Senior Fellow Resident studying Military History and the Classics. He is a Distinguished Fellow at Hillsdale College, a Tribune Media Services nationally syndicated columnist and a professor Emeritus at California State University.

Over the years, he has won numerous fellowships, honors and awards including the Bradley Prize in 2008 and the National Humanities Medal in 2007. Victor has also authored hundreds of scholarly papers, book reviews, articles and newspaper editorials.

He has written on all manner of issues ranging from contemporary culture, ancient Greek, domestic politics, foreign affairs, military and agrarian history. Over the years, he has been the author or editor of more than 17 titles and has also written columns for “The New York Post,” and the “New York Time” among others.

In 1975, Hanson graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a bachelor’s degree. He would then get his doctorate degree in Classics from Stanford University five years later.

Hanson has become one of the United States’ most prolific historians. He was born in Selma California on a farm, the child of one of the first female judges in California and a school administrator.

He had strict parents who ensured that he and his siblings applied themselves. They would often ask what someone was doing whenever they saw Hanson or his brothers just sitting around. His work is united by teaching, scholarship, farming and journalism and the many experiences he had growing up on a farm.
He does see his career as one extended life experience. Having grown up on a farm, he had the tragic perspective on life that he got from his parents and grandparents, which he still has to this day. In school, he studied classics for nearly a decade, both in the US and abroad and then went on to teach for more than twenty years.

All this teaching and studying taught him about unchanging human nature and how predictable the human ordeal could be. Whether it was reading Thucydides or sophocles, or working on a farm the message would be reiterated albeit in different ways.

In his earlier years, Victor Davis Hanson wanted to become a lawyer before he gravitated to the classics, when he went to the University of California. After getting a fellowship to do his doctorate at Stanford, he spent two years in Athens conducting research.

Once he had his doctorate, he realized that there was not much work a classicist qualified for and hence he went back to work on the farm following the death of his grandfather. Still, his scholarship had given him some valuable insights into how ancient Greek society worked.

During this time, he learned that Emilio Gabba, an Italian classicist, had read his dissertation and wanted to publish it. He was atop his tractor when his wife informed him that some guy was calling about wanting to publish his dissertation.

Since he could not afford the $2000 dollar costs of publishing, Gabba convinced the publisher to waive the fee and soon after “Warfare and Agriculture” his debut was published.

Once he published his first, he just could not stop and he went on to publish on almost anything from immigration, farming, classics and more particularly about war.

“A War Like No Other” by Victor Davis Hanson is a provocative and painstakingly researched work that juxtaposes modern concerns with ancient conflict.
Over the course of a generation, Athens the Hellenic polis had fought a bloody war with Sparta, which ultimately led to the destruction of Athens and the end of the golden age for the city state.

Thucydides penned the classical history of the Peloponnesian War that provides a succinct authoritative and vivid narrative to readers through the ages. On his part, Hanson provides something different.

He writes a chronological account reflecting on the political issues of the time, the misery of battle in the many different theaters of the war, the strategic thinking of the actors, and how these events echo into the modern world.

Hanson shows how Sparta and Athens fight on sea and land in the countryside and in the city and how they deployed conventional and unconventional strategies from terrorism and torture, to targeted assasinations and sieges.

He also analyzes the important roles played by thinkers such as Plato and Sophocles, artists such as Aristophanes and warriors such as Lysander and Pericles.

Victor Davis Hanson’s novel examines nine landmark battles stretching from ancient ones such as the Battle of Salamis to the Tet offensive by Hernan Cortes. Hanson explains what makes for the most effective and lethal fighting forces throughout time.

The author looks beyond popular explanations that have cited superior technology and geography and argues that Western values and culture , the concept of citizenship, the value placed on adaptation and inventiveness and the tradition of dissent is what has always made western armies so effective.

Using a balanced perspective and riveting battle narratives, the novel is a demonstration of how armies are deeply woven into and spawned from the cultures that produce them. Hanson argues that an army that comes from a free culture will often have an edge.

He argues that western strategic culture as evidenced in nine historic battles proves that free soldiers perform better than slaves. He cites the naval victory of the Greeks over Persia at Salamis to demonstrate how effective free soldiers can be versus slave one.

Another important battle to prove his point was the Roman recovery after being thoroughly defeated and humiliated by Cannae, which explains the resilience of citizen soldiers over mercenaries.

“The Case for Trump” by Victor Davis Hanson is an exploration of how a renegade businessman rose to become one of the most necessary and successful presidents of all time.

In this work, Hanson explains how Trump with no military or political experience beat more sixteen seasoned Republican rivals, a hostile media establishment, and a Democratic party candidate with a war chest totalling more than a quarter billion, to become one of the most successful presidents in American history.
Trump was the only man who was canny enough to see that the working people of America’s interior needed a voice from the coastal elite from both parties that scorned them.

Only Trump has the energy and instincts to pursue the opportunity to dismantle a corrupt order and win, which enabled him to enact wide ranging policy changes in the US and abroad.

While it is doubtful that the US could survive a succession of volatile presidents such as Trump, after decades of drift he was just the kind of president America needed.

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One Response to “Victor Davis Hanson”

  1. robert: 11 months ago

    One of the most brilliant, learned men in the U.S. today. If only the public would listen to him.

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