The End of Everything: How Wars Descend Into Annihilation

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6.4 X 9.4 X 1.3 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author
Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow in military history at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a professor emeritus of classics at California State University, Fresno. He is the author of over two dozen books, including A War Like No Other, The Second World Wars, and The Dying Citizen. He lives in Selma, California.
"This stupendous book offers a gripping account of catastrophic defeat. Outstanding military historian Victor Davis Hanson takes us through four wars, each of which not only crushed an enemy but destroyed a civilization. Are we doomed to go the way of Thebes, Carthage, the Byzantines, or the Aztecs? To understand the challenges we face, you must read The End of Everything."--Barry Strauss, author of The War that Made the Roman Empire
"What a paragon and a powerhouse is Hanson! The hymnal tells us of the fate of 'Earth's proud empires' and the poet reminds us of what will happen to 'our pomp of yesterday, ' yet it takes an historian of Hanson's intellectual caliber to explain how and why civilizations are annihilated in war, with example after well-researched and cogently written example. As well as Hanson the historian, however, here too is Hanson the philosopher, with his insightful take on how human nature has failed to adapt to our ultra-technological age. Readers will be shocked quite how often total military, cultural, and societal extirpation happens in in our species' story. We need to learn from this groundbreaking book how to stop it happening to us."--Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill
"In recent years, we have witnessed man's inhumanity toward man that many thought had been consigned to the distant past. In The End of Everything, Hanson tells compelling and harrowing stories of how civilizations perished. He helps us consider contemporary affairs in light of that history, think about the unthinkable, and recognize the urgency of trying to prevent our own demise."--H. R. McMaster, author of Battlegrounds
"Relevant to the modern world by combining granularity with big-picture analysis and teasing out meaning from a mastery of details... [A] profound book."--Wall Street Journal