Between War and Peace: Lessons from Afghanistan to Iraq
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Between War and Peace: Lessons from Afghanistan to Iraq

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In his acclaimed collection An Autumn of War, the scholar and military historian Victor Davis Hanson expressed powerful and provocative views of September 11 and the ensuing war in Afghanistan. Now, in these challenging new essays, he examines the world�s ongoing war on terrorism, from America to Iraq, from Europe to Israel, and beyond.

In direct language, Hanson portray...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published February 10th 2004 by Random House Trade
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I hope that Victor Davis Hanson is embarrassed that this book is out there, what a hit to his credibility! Its a collection of essays written between 2001 - 2004 which concern themselves mainly with 9/11, the War on Terror, and Israel/Palestine. Many, many things are amusing in this book; particularly the chapter entitled "The Three Week War" which is about the Iraq War and begins with the prediction that it would be all but over and weapons of mass destruction found by the end of the year 2003....more
Kevin Kizer
This book, written by military brass/academics, clearly shows that the hardest part of any war is the ending. While the focus is the US, it seems to me this is probably a problem with modern wars in general, no matter who wages them. Sounds like another good reason to avoid them. Also, the authors are particularly harsh on Bush/Clinton/Bush Jr./Obama for the "20-year war" with Iraq and now the 10-year war in Afghanistan. What I found ironic is that they all are basically following the Carter Doc...more
Sep 02, 2008 MG rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys contemporary history
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This is an EXCELLENT BOOK (Full Disclosure: I'm a big fan of VDH's writing).

This book, VDH's writing style, is several steps above the usual fare. It's a very high-minded work, which invites th reader to access parts of the brain he or she might not be used to using.

That being said, the points the author makes are indusputable, and his conclusions are made after very detailed analysis.

There is absolutely no political posturing whatsoever in this book. Considering that VDH is one of the promine...more
VDH is pretty reliable, and does a pretty good job on this one. He missed some of the warning signs in Iraq, but with the info that was available at the time (see the 2002 NIE) his conclusions make sense.
Hanson serves up a not so popular view of war and peace based on a historical viewpoint more the present day hysterics ...
Anything by Victor Davis Hanson is worth reading. I don't agree with his cheerleading for Bush, however.
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Hanson was educated at the University of California, Santa Cruz (BA, Classics, 1975), the American School of Classical Studies (1978-79) and received his Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford University in 1980. He lives and works with his family on their forty-acre tree and vine farm near Selma, California, where he was born in 1953.
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