Victor Davis Hanson

Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow
Awards and Honors:
Statesmanship Award from the Claremont Institute
(2006)
Biography: 

Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution; his focus is classics and military history.

Hanson was a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California (1992–93), a visiting professor of classics at Stanford University (1991–92), the annual Wayne and Marcia Buske Distinguished Visiting Fellow in History at Hillsdale College (2004–), the Visiting Shifron Professor of Military History at the US Naval Academy (2002–3),and the William Simon Visiting Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University (2010).

In 1991 he was awarded an American Philological Association Excellence in Teaching Award. He received the Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism (2002), presented the Manhattan's Institute's Wriston Lecture (2004), and was awarded the National Humanities Medal (2007) and the Bradley Prize (2008).

Hanson is the author of some 250 articles, book reviews, and newspaper editorials on Greek, agrarian, and military history and essays on contemporary culture. He has written or edited twenty-three books, including The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost - from Ancient Greece to Iraq (Bloomsbury 2013); The End of Sparta (Bloomsbury, 2011); The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern (Bloomsbury, 2010); Makers of Ancient Strategy: From the Persian Wars to the Fall of Rome (ed.) (Princeton, 2010); The Other Greeks (California, 1998); The Soul of Battle (Free Press, 1999); Carnage and Culture (Doubleday, 2001); Ripples of Battle (Doubleday, 2003); A War Like No Other (Random House, 2005); The Western Way of War (Alfred Knopf, 1989; 2nd paperback ed., University of California Press, 2000); The Wars of the Ancient Greeks (Cassell, 1999; paperback ed., 2001); and Mexifornia: A State of Becoming (Encounter, 2003), as well as two books on family farming, Fields without Dreams (Free Press, 1995) and The Land Was Everything (Free Press, 1998). Currently, he is a syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services and a weekly columnist for the National Review Online and PJ Media.

Hanson received a BA in classics at the University of California, Santa Cruz (1975), was a fellow at the American School of Classical Studies, Athens (1977–78), and received his PhD in classics from Stanford University (1980).

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Barack Obama
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Obama and the Road Not Taken

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Obama administration often denies any responsibility for the current global chaos or claims that it erupted spontaneously. Yet most of the mess was caused by, or made worse by, growing U.S. indifference and paralysis.

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Winning a Lose/Lose War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Once again neighboring enemies are warring in diametrically opposite ways. Hamas sees the death of its civilians as an advantage; Israel sees the death of its civilians as a disaster. Defensive missiles explode to save civilians in Israel; in Gaza, civilians are placed at risk of death to protect offensive missiles.

Chainlink fence
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Why Is the World Becoming Such a Nasty Place?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, July 27, 2014

Central American parents send their unescorted children northward in hopes of remittances and eventual anchor amnesty for themselves. Our friend Mexico facilitates the exodus through its own sovereign territory (hoping that no one stops along the transit, and happy that the border is further shredded).

D-Day Helmet
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George Patton's Summer of 1944

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nearly 70 years ago, on Aug. 1, 1944, Lieutenant General George S. Patton took command of the American Third Army in France. For the next 30 days they rolled straight toward the German border.

Chess pieces
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The Amoral Nature of the Pawn Strategy

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Monday, July 21, 2014

The humanitarian crisis on the border derived from four callous parties who used illegal immigrants as pawns for their own self-interested agendas.

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Obama's Tranquility

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Barack Obama’s team recently took credit for improving the “tranquility of the global community,” and the president made it clear just what a calm place the world has become during his tenure.

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The Turbulent Summer of 2014

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The summer of 2014 will go down in history as the season when America fell apart. Let's take a tour of the disasters.

Immigration
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Illiberal Immigration ‘Reform’

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The last thing a liberal proponent of immigration reform wants is liberal immigration reform. Remember that paradox, and the insanity at the border makes some sense.

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All Clintoned Out

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, July 13, 2014

Barack Obama did not blow apart Hillary Clinton’s huge lead during the 2008 Democratic primaries just because he was a landmark African-American candidate, new to the scene, and a skilled campaigner. Even Democrats were all Clintoned out.

Unlike Ike

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Pundits have taken to comparing President Obama with President Eisenhower. Historian and Hoover fellow Victor Davis Hanson says that’s nonsense. For one thing, Ike was both diplomatic and assertive.

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