My post here is an echo of an echo. Hanson is giving a description of Conrad Black’s biography of Trump, “Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other“. Victor Davis Hanson is very often a good read, no matter the subject, and this article is no different. It has inspired me to get this biography even though I recently read a different (and less friendly one) one. I liked Hanson’s review so I reviewed it! Seriously, there’s nothing groundbreaking in this article but if you are interested in the biography and like Hanson’s style it’s a nice read.
[post script – After further reflection this is actually an echo of an echo of an echo. I’m writing about Hanson writing about Black writing about Trump]
Why Trump Is a President Like No Other
I know I’m a sucker for classical allusion but this is a nice summary of the situations that President Trump’s lack of finesse handled beautifully.
Trump is Cutting Old Gordian Knots
VDH lists the various members of the Deep State who not only lie under oath but then project their own mendacity onto the Trump Administration. It makes me shake my head and wonder why no action has been taken.
The Distortions of Our Unelected Officials
It’s an entertaining read. He chronicles the contradictions and frustrations when the oppressed find themselves the oppressors!
The Labyrinth of Oppressions
If you need a good shot of shadenfreude read this article by Victor Davis Hanson. Seriously, the loons in California are about to hit a very hard wall. With any luck Trump can put a stake through the heart of their dreams by refusing to fund these monstrosities.
Will Unfinished Train Overpasses Become California’s Stonehenge?
Thucydides is one of the most difficult Greek authors. As I’ve noted elsewhere The Histories of Herodotus are much more fun (both in Greek and English translation). Reading Thucydides is like reading a textbook written by a very pedantic professor. I found it very slow going when I only had to translate a few pages back 40 years ago as a student. The Peloponnesian War is recounted battle by battle, march by march and season by season. Only intermittently is there some nugget of historical interest. But the ones you find are sometimes priceless. Hanson is a Classics Professor and actually can read Thucydides in the original Greek so at least he knows what the text is trying to say. Back in high school (or I guess college nowadays) you were given passages from Thucydides such as the Funeral Oration of Pericles or the Melian Dialog. Well the reason we still read Thucydides is because people keep doing the same stupid things war after war. Whether the US and China are fated to battle for supremacy like Sparta and Athens or Rome and Carthage is an important question. If studying the Peloponnesian War teaches us what has failed in the past maybe we can spare the world another bloody catastrophe. That some of the Trump White House is reading it isn’t bad news. Anyway, an interesting read.