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.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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