An Autumn of War: What America Learned from September 11 & the War on Terrorism
On September 11, 2001, hours after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, the eminent military historian Victor Davis Hanson 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. An Autumn of War, which opens with that first essay, will stimulate readers across the political sp...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Anchor
(first published August 13th 2002)
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Jan 08, 2008 L.J. rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Political science, international relations
An interesting book compiled from Hanson's articles arguing for clarity and historical perspective on the challenge of the United States post 9-11. Glad people like Hanson can cut through headline sensationalism and sensibly discuss the vitrol that was swaying opinion at the time. I found that his message was a bell of crystal realism in a cacophony of phony place it safe political back sliding by leaders all over the world looking for excuses and dismissing the true lies and threats to modernit...more
In the months after the attacks on New York and Washington I lived as I do now in San Francisco. This was not easy for a child who grew up in the "capital of world jewery." This book helped me keep my head above water in a sea of progressive thought. This is a group of articles compiled from Spet. 11, 2001 through the following Autumn. They are a living history of attack on America and her response in Afghanistan. Victor Davis Hanson once again puts it all in perspective. You can read his sindic...more
I found this collection of articles written in the weeks following 9/11 a fascinating read. I also disagreed with a ton of what Hanson had to say and would be interested to see what he has to comment on now that American presence in Afghanistan has been going on for 10+ years. Reading this book was a good endeavor for me as I knew going into it that I would not agree with everything, but it's always good to listen with an open mind to others' perspectives to learn. Hanson's anti-intellectualism...more
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.More about Victor Davis Hanson...