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A War Like No Other: How the Athenians & Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War
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The originality of Hanson's book is that he doesn't summarize Thucydides and the Oxyrhinchos Historian. He ...more
Hanson provides a full chronology of the issues leading to battles won and lost and he also does a ...more
Not that “A War Like No Other” is bad. Hanson, as has been noted in many reviews, departs from the typical lin ...more
Hanson's book is perhaps also a "book like no other" if I may borrow a phrase. Despite the prominently placed quote for the New York Times on the front cover proclaiming that it is a contemporary retelling of the war, this is not ...more
Victor Davis Hanson, military historian turned Op-Ed rabble-rouser, holds firm to his belief that there are important lessons to be learned from the past. He has written extensively on the subject (The Western Way of War; Carnage and Culture; Between War and Peace). As a "modern Machiavelli" (Daily Telegraph), he has bent the ears of policy makers all the way up to the West Wing. Critics are impressed by Hanson's ability to bring all the machinations of the Greeks alive in his thematic chapters....more
Would loved for it to be more relevant and to the point. Your fancy comparisons were boring to read. But like I said, I got some cool stuff out of this book.
Comparisons with modern conflicts and tactics are plentiful which continue to remind us that much of what was d ...more
'A War Like No Other' goes a long way to sorting out many of these problems. First, however ...more
Rather than a factual, blow by blow, account of the war, the author instead gives the feeling of living through it, connecting to the experiences of those living at that time, the war's impacts on the known world and later conflicts. For me he was particularly effective giving that sense of experience, or at lea ...more
Almost certainly this book would be appreciated more by someone with a solid grounding in the Peloponnesian War, rather than a newcomer like myself. One last nitpick- ...more
I've never read any of Hanson's other works, though I'm interested in them since the general consensus is that this isn't his strongest work. That's not to say that it's a struggle to get through or that it's boring, because it's neither. It's my opinion that Hanson's use of colloquial English is wha ...more
This book is an examination of how the war was fought and is divided accordingly. Each chapter examines another element of the war (Walls, Ships, etc.) and its impact.
It is also an engrossing read for any student of the classics. VDH caught me completely by surprise when his e ...more