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on 7 June 2014
The central theme of this book is support for recent US generals who have fallen out with the US government. I always find VDH interesting and he is a real expert on Ancient Greece. His view of the centrality of the general ir the Great Man to decisive moments in History is not fashionable with the majority of historians. They might say they prefer a more nuanced view and that change is more a matter of major forces than Hanson who prefers to see a struggle of cultures with dynamic leadership as part of that culture and integral to the victory of the West.
So The book is strong where the author is strongest in classical Greece and weak in other periods, becoming downright partial when it comes to modern times. In a way that is a pity because a better researched book about the difference that the Great Man makes could be quite powerful. As it is the weaknesses in terms of understanding periods which the author is not at home in detract from the support of his thesis.
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