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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book Like No Other., 26 May 2010
A. Xiradakis - See all my reviews
Victor Davis Hanson is one of the most highly respected classical historians. His book, "A War Like No Other", which describes the events of how the Athenians and Spartans fought the Peloponnesian War (431 - 404 B.C.) based on Thucydides history work is laid out in very accessible thematic chapters. The book offers an analytical critique of the events, strategies, politics and behaviours, of this devastating and catalytic period in the long and didactic history of ancient Greece. In my view, it is a "must read" book for everyone and not only for scholars. It is engaging, thoughtful, and indeed excellent, and above all it brings home the message that, although Thucydides wrote the history almost 2500 years ago, it continues to be relevant today as an eternal source of human endeavour and behaviour in pursuing objectives (right or wrong ones) in difficult and problematic times and of drawing many parallels with events in later and more recent western history.
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