The glory of war

What do Harvard’s new president Drew Gilpin Faust and the War Nerd have in common?

In an article published in 2004 in the journal Civil War History, Faust explores the place of war in American politics and culture today. War, she writes, “offers an authenticity and intensity of experience” missing elsewhere in modern society. It provides “a moment of truth,” when soldiers and civilians alike “have to define their deeply held priorities and act on them.” [Source: Jon Wiener].

Both Faust and War Nerd realize that war is a force that gives us meaning.

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