The Father of Us All

In a virtual onslaught of fast-firing and insightful essays, Victor Davis Hanson ranges from ancient Greece to the present day to consider why mankind has always made war, whether the nature of conflict has changed, and how the seemingly ineradicable practice of large-scale violence can be made to offer some benefits amidst the primary and collateral damage.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…