Title: CARNAGE AND CULTURE: LANDMARK BATTLES IN THE RISE OF WESTERN POWER
Author: Victor Hanson
Publication Date: 06/08/2013
ASIN: 0385720386Read Book
Examines 9 landmark battles from ancient to modern times from Salamis, where outnumbered Greeks devastated the slave army of Xerxes, to Cortes’s conquest of Mexico to the Tet offensive. Looking beyond popular explanations such as geography or superior technology, the author argues that it is in fact Western culture and values–the tradition of dissent, the value placed on inventiveness and adaptation, the concept of citizenship–which have consistently produced superior arms and soldiers.