The Western Story Lecture #7: Why Did America Win Its Wars, And Can It Still?


The American way of war is an especially potent offshoot of the Western military tradition, one that traditionally has deployed overwhelming power to annihilate the enemy and bring the conflict to a quick conclusion. But Americans are restless and impatient, which gives an opening to enemies who can avoid pitched battles. They can defeat us by outlasting us – as happened in Vietnam.

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Welcome to “The Western Story” — a journey 2,500 years in the making! In this series of easy-to-digest videos, Professor Victor Davis Hanson takes you through the world of the Greeks, Romans and more in an effort to better understand our modern world. Gaze into the mirror of antiquity to understand the present.


This product is Lecture #5 in an eight-part video lecture series. Available via online streaming only.