Leading military historian Victor Davis Hanson will discuss his most recent book, The Savior Generals, which brilliantly explores the nature of leadership through biographies of five generals—Themistocles, Belisarius, William Tecumseh Sherman, Matthew Ridgway and David Petraeus.
Join President C. L. Max Nikias for an evening with leading military historian Victor Davis Hanson. Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His many books include the acclaimed The Father of Us All, A War Like No Other, The Western Way of War, Carnage and Culture and Ripples of Battle. His most recent book, The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost—From Ancient Greece to Iraq, explores the nature of leadership in a set of brilliantly executed pocket biographies of five generals (Themistocles, Belisarius, William Tecumseh Sherman, Matthew Ridgway and David Petraeus), who single-handedly saved their nations from defeat in war. These savior generals often come from outside the established power structure, employ radical strategies and flame out quickly. Their careers often end in controversy. But their dramatic feats of leadership are vital slices of history—not merely as stirring military narrative, but as lessons on the dynamic nature of consensus, leadership and destiny. Hanson will discuss his stirring work about these five commanders whose leadership changed the course of war and history. The lecture will be followed by a conversation hosted by Scott Soames, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at USC.