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I think Victor Davis Hanson is making a hard charge to pick up the Greatest American Military Historian championship belt dropped by Stephen Ambrose a couple of years before his death when a plagiarism scandal tainted the reputation of the man who had become known as America's most popular military historian. I read Hanson's Carnage and Culture earlier this year and was very much impressed; Ripples of Battle is equally impressive in its sacrifice of breadth in order to examine in detail the consequences of the battles of Okinawa, Shiloh and Delium. Hanson is especially gifted in his ability to tease connections to current events from the tangled skein of history, and shows with vivid prose the implications for Western Civilization of a nearly-forgotten battle on the frontiers of Athens, a battle not widely regarded as one of the more decisive clashes in the thirty-year agony of the Peloponnesian Wars. Very highly recommended.

Ai Yori Aoshi #6 is out now, and it looks like the Sakuraba family has some other ideas about who would be a suitable husband for Aoi - but Aoi and Kaoru have a new, surprising ally in their determination to stay together. I would have taken this plot line in a different direction, but that's just carping. It's cool the way it is.

Escaflowne just keeps getting better. I was going to space the three discs I rented this week out between Dai-Guard and Martian Successor Nadesico, but I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. Love triangles/squares/polygons! Giant mecha! Evil emperors! Alterations of fate and deliberate tilting of the Luck Plane! Brother versus brother conflict! Plus, kawaii catgirls! I still love Utena, but oh, you kid...

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danae
Dec. 1st, 2004 08:21 pm (UTC)
Escaflowne is FABULOUS
but then it's only my favorite series
wombat_socho
Dec. 2nd, 2004 05:10 am (UTC)
I'm liking it a lot, as you can tell. ^___^
hyperblaster
Dec. 2nd, 2004 10:48 am (UTC)
Escaflowne is awesome. I fondly remember it as the first manga I ever bought!
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