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"The End of Everything: How Wars Descend into Annihilation"

BY VICTOR DAVIS HANSON | PUBLISHED: MAY 7, 2024

BOOK SUMMARY

In The End of Everything, military historian Victor Davis Hanson narrates a series of sieges and sackings that span the age of antiquity to the conquest of the New World to show how societies descend into barbarism and obliteration. In the stories of Thebes, Carthage, Constantinople, and Tenochtitlan, he depicts war’s drama, violence, and folly. Highlighting the naivete that plagued the vanquished and the wrath that justified mass slaughter, Hanson delivers a sobering call to contemporary readers to heed the lessons of obliteration lest we blunder into catastrophe once again.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Hanson draws parallels between the fall of ancient civilizations and the current state of Western society. Do you find these comparisons compelling? Why or why not, and what historical lessons do you think are most relevant to today’s challenges?
  2. In the book, Hanson critiques modern academia and media for promoting ideological indoctrination over objective truth. How do you see these trends impacting society, and what measures, if any, do you think could help restore balance and integrity to these institutions?
  3. Hanson advocates for a return to rigorous education, civic responsibility, and a renewed national identity. How practical do you think these solutions are in the current political and cultural climate, and what steps can individuals or communities take to support these values?
Victor Davis Hanson
Author of "The End Of Everything"
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Kewpiedoll
Kewpiedoll
3 days ago

I want to get this book!

Dr. Nathan Parker
Dr. Nathan Parker
4 days ago

I just skimmed through the book today. Great read. VDH is always excellent and refreshing to read. Looking forward to more book club books from AMAC.

Tracy
Tracy
7 days ago

Looking forward to reading this! VDH is a national treasure ❤

JPop
JPop
7 days ago

I haven’t read his book yet, but i am looking forward to it. I enjoy his television commentaries. My favorite historian.