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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Can Israel Survive?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, January 29, 2015

Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. Eight million Israelis are surrounded by some 400 million Muslims in more than 20 states. Almost all of Israel's neighbors are anti-Israeli dictatorships, monarchies or theocracies-- a number of them reduced to a state of terrorist chaos.

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Remembering A Few Great Classicists

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Few pay much attention to scholars of Latin and Greek. They master languages that are not spoken. They learn to write them only to read them better. They slap your hands when you write a Latin word common in Sallust or Livy, rather than in Cicero.

Claude-Joseph Vernet / J. Paul Getty Museum

The Quiet Sea?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Calm may reign around the Mediterranean, but peace on these historic shores is far from inevitable.

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Barack Obama, Empire Builder

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Not since the 1930s and early 1940s have we seen so many malevolent empires on the rise.

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Remembering The Last Lion

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fifty years ago this Saturday, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill died at age 90.

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Muslims And Islamists

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How do extremists relate to the population in which they live?

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Snipers, Correct And Incorrect

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The Corner (National Review Online)
Monday, January 19, 2015

Were a confused Michael Moore and others faulting American Sniper on the argument that Chris Kyle was a sniper per se, or that he was an American sniper?

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Untrue Truisms In The War On Terror

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, January 18, 2015

In the current tensions with the Islamic World, pundits bandy about received wisdom that in fact is often ignorance. Here are a few examples.

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Offenders Of The Western faith

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Western civilization's creed is free thought and expression, the lubricant of everything from democracy to human rights.

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Glorified Bastards

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

For Western elites, Ahmadinejad is preferable to Hirsi Ali, the Castros to Cuban dissidents.

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