From Rick Atkinson’s The Guns at Last Light, describing the French 2nd Armored Division on the eve of the liberation of Paris: (more…)
It is sometimes said that the British and American people are still today, in the twenty-first century, indecently obsessed with the Second World War. The reason is not far to seek. We know that here was something which our parents and grandparents did well, in a noble cause …
– Thus Max Hastings
Perhaps Mormons can appreciate this Hanson essay in a way few others can.
Far from being one of humanity’s greatest achievements, the Internet is in fact a seething mass of banality, pornography and contemptible dribble.
[I]n the sack of Athens the Goths had collected all the libraries, and were on the point of setting fire to this funeral pile of Grecian learning, had not one of their chiefs, of more refined policy than his brethren, dissuaded them from the design; by the profound observation, that as long as the Greeks were addicted to the study of books, they would never apply themselves to the exercise of arms. The sagacious counsellor (should the truth of the fact be admitted) reasoned like an ignorant barbarian. In the most polite and powerful nations, genius of every kind has displayed itself about the same period; and the age of science has generally been the age of military virtue and success.
Today is the 92nd anniversary of the end of the end of Western civilization and of the flower of her youth. May the King of Justice render to those men honor for their courage, recompense for their pain and despair, and forgiveness for their many faults.
I’m reading 1861, by Adam Goodheart. It is an illuminating and affecting scholarly popular history of the first year of the war. The chapter on Ellsworth is particularly fine. (more…)