Dr. Victor Davis Hanson joins me to discuss the state of military education. Throughout the interview, we touch on a lot of issues from the current state of military readiness to the lack of military education in colleges and universities. Dr. Hanson is a military historian, classicist, and author of numerous books on military history. It was good to let him speak his mind on a variety of important topics. I appreciate his candor and willingness to share his insight that comes from a lifetime dedicated to studying history. 

Key Topics include:

  • How to get people interested in military history
  • The importance of military history to understanding human nature
  • Epaminondas and the downfall of Sparta
  • A discussion of leaders to study including General Ulysses S. Grant and General William T. Sherman
  • A discussion on the causes of war 
  • Why is military history neglected by most colleges and universities?
  • Dr. Hanson’s candid assessment of today’s military and the issues that it faces
  • What the heck is postmodernism? 

Books Mentioned:

Carnage and Culture Landmark Battles in the Rise to Western Power

A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War

The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece

The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War

War As I Knew It

Grant and Sherman: Civil War Memoirs (2 Volumes)

The Causes of War

The Dying Citizen: How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Destroying the Idea of America

Follow Dr. Hanson on Twitter: @VDHanson

Dr. Hanson’s website

Hoover Institute website

American Greatness website


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