Last Stands: Why Men Fight When All Is Lost

December 1, 2020
Last Stands: Why Men Fight When All Is Lost

"A philosophical and spiritual defense of the premodern world,of the tragic view, of physical courage, and of masculinity andself-sacrifice in an age when those ancient virtues are too oftencaricatured and dismissed."―Victor Davis HansonAward-winning author Michael Walsh celebrates the masculineattributes of heroism that forged American civilization and Westernculture by exploring historical battles in which soldiers chosedeath over dishonor in Last Stands: Why Men Fight When All IsLost.In our contemporary era, men are increasingly denied theirheritage as warriors. A survival instinct that’s part of the humancondition, the drive to wage war is natural. Without war, theUnited States would not exist. The technology that has eased manuallabor, extended lifespans, and become an integral part of our livesand culture has often evolved from wartime scientific advancements.War is necessary to defend the social and political principles thatdefine the virtues and freedoms of America and other Westernnations. We should not be ashamed of the heroes who sacrificedtheir lives to build a better world. We should be honoringthem.The son of a Korean War veteran of the Inchon landing and thebattle of the Chosin Reservoir with the U.S. Marine Corps, MichaelWalsh knows all about heroism, valor, and the call of duty thatrequires men to fight for something greater than themselves toprotect their families, fellow countrymen, and most of all theirfellow soldiers. In Last Stands, Walsh reveals the causes andoutcomes of more than a dozen battles in which a small fightingforce refused to surrender to a far larger force, often dying tothe last man.From the Spartans’ defiance at Thermopylae and Roland’s epicdefense of Charlemagne’s rear guard at Ronceveaux Pass, throughSanta Anna’s siege of the Alamo defended by Davy Crockett and JimBowie to the skirmish at Little Big Horn between Crazy Horse’sSioux nation and George Armstrong Custer’s Seventh Calvary, to theSoviets’ titanic struggle against the German Wehrmacht atStalingrad, and more, Walsh reminds us all of the debt we owe toheroes willing to risk their lives against overwhelming odds―andhow these sacrifices and battles are not only a part of militaryhistory but our common civilizational heritage.