Magazine April 8, 2019, Issue

The Case for Trump: Chemotherapy for Our Body Politic

President Donald Trump during a news conference in the Rose Garden in Washington, D.C., April 30, 2018 (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
The Case for Trump, by Victor Davis Hanson (Basic Books, 400 pp., $30)

Victor Davis Hanson’s newest book is also one of his most personal. Hanson is a celebrated historian of war, a retired professor of classics, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and a National Review columnist. But he is also a farmer in California’s Central Valley. He routinely peppers his articles and even his academic work with telling details about farming life and social realities in Selma, a town outside Fresno where he lives in the same house in which he was born and raised. In this book, as in his others, the glimpses of Selma come only in support

This article appears as “Political Chemotherapy” in the April 8, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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