The end of everything

Victor Davis Hanson is out talking about The End of Everything: How Wars Descend into Annihilation. Listening to his interview on the current Ricochet podcast with Rob Long and Steve Hayward, I learn that Victor has been working his way through a second round of Covid. He contracted this one while leading 160 travelers on a tour to Normandy for the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Victor, take care of yourself!

He is a busy man. Nothing seems to slow him down. I shouldn’t say I’ll have what he’s having, but think about it. Recent books include The Dying Citizen, The Case for Trump, and The Second World Wars, all written along with several columns a week and miscellaneous essays for publications such as The New Criterion. Indeed the current issue of TNC includes Victor’s review/essay “All the rage.”

The books have been commercially successful and widely read. In the podcast Victor mentions that his new book has spent recent weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, although he says it is selling fewer copies than his previous two books. He wonders why those books never made the Times list. Steve Hayward cites the recent Economist story on the list (behind the Economist paywall).

The End of Everything is a serious work of history without a political axe to grind, yet decline should be on everyone’s mind. The podcast in large part raises the question how the book applies to the United States in 2024. Toward the end Rob Long says, “I’m giving you a chance here, Victor, to not destroy everyone’s weekend.” Despite the gist of Rob’s question, I found the whole thing a source of enjoyment from beginning to end.

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