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Last Stands: Why Men Fight When All Is Lost

$49.99

$49.99

What is heroism? What are its moral components—altruism, love, self-sacrifice? Why was it once celebrated, and now often dismissed as anachronistic? In this dramatic and readable account of last stands in history—famous or otherwise—Walsh explores the stakes that led men at very different times and places to face overwhelming odds and certain death for the sake of family, home and country. In Last Stands, Walsh writes about battles in which a small group faced overwhelming odds, and all too often died to the last man—battles like Thermopylae, the Ronceveaux Pass, the Alamo, the siege of Malta, Little Big Horn, Stalingrad, Rorke’s Drift, and the Warsaw Ghetto—explaining why they were fought, what their ultimate outcome was, and their afterlife in history, myth and culture.

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781250217080
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pub Date: 09/02/2021
  • Category: Humanities / Military history
  • Imprint: St Martin's Press
  • Pages: 368
  • Price: $49.99
What is heroism? What are its moral components—altruism, love, self-sacrifice? Why was it once celebrated, and now often dismissed as anachronistic? In this dramatic and readable account of last stands in history—famous or otherwise—Walsh explores the stakes that led men at very different times and places to face overwhelming odds and certain death for the sake of family, home and country. In Last Stands, Walsh writes about battles in which a small group faced overwhelming odds, and all too often died to the last man—battles like Thermopylae, the Ronceveaux Pass, the Alamo, the siege of Malta, Little Big Horn, Stalingrad, Rorke’s Drift, and the Warsaw Ghetto—explaining why they were fought, what their ultimate outcome was, and their afterlife in history, myth and culture.

Author Information

The author of sixteen books, including six novels and ten works of non-fiction, MICHAEL WALSH was the classical music critic for Time Magazine and received the 2004 American Book Awards prize for fiction for his gangster novel, And All the Saints in 2004. His popular columns for National Review written under the pseudonym David Kahane were developed into the book, Rules for Radical Conservatives. His two last books, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace and The Fiery Angel, examine the enemies, heroes, triumphs and struggles of Western Civilization from the ancient past to the present time. He divides his time between Connecticut and Ireland.

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