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Donald Kagan and Frederick W. Kagan

Donald Kagan

Donald Kagan (1932-2021) was Sterling Professor of Classics and History at Yale University, where he taught for more than thirty years, and where he was Dean from 1989 to 1992. His much admired monumental four-volume A New History of the Peloponnesian War was described by George Steiner as “the foremost work of history produced in North America in the 20th century.” He was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Bush in 2002, and in 2005 delivered the 34th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, the highest honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual and public achievement in the humanities.

Frederick Kagan is an associate professor of history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and has published articles on issues of national security in The Wall Street Journal, The National Interest, The Weekly Standard, and Commentary. He holds a doctorate in Russian and Soviet military history from Yale. The author of THE MILITARY REFORMS OF NICHOLAS I (Palgrave/St. Martin's) and co–editor of THE MILITARY HISTORY OF TSARIST RUSSIA (Palgrave/St. Martin's), and THE MILITARY HISTORY OF THE SOVIET UNION (Palgrave/St. Martin's), he is currently at work on a history of the Napoleonic Wars.

WHILE AMERICA SLEEPS: Self-Delusion, Military Weakness, and the Threat to Peace (St. Martin's Press, 2000)