Victor Davis Hanson

Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow
Awards and Honors:
Statesmanship Award from the Claremont Institute

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 hundreds of 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). His forthcoming book entitled, The Second World Wars, will be out in Fall 2017 (Basic Books). Currently, he is a syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services and a weekly columnist for the National Review Online.

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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Writing on the Walls

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 21, 2016

The truth is as old as Hadrian’s Wall: cultures that don’t unite won’t get along. 

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This Election Year Features More Than One Presidential Race

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Townhall
Thursday, October 20, 2016

A presidential campaign is figuratively called a "race." Two runners sprint toward the Election Day finish line for the prize of the presidency.

Victor Davis Hanson on grand strategy, immigration, and the 2016 presidential election
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Victor Davis Hanson On Grand Strategy, Immigration, And The 2016 Presidential Election

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Uncommon Knowledge with Victor Davis Hanson.

Analysis and Commentary

Our Neutron Bomb Election

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The shells of our institutions maybe survive the 2016 campaign, but they will be mere husks.

The Case for Trump

by Victor Davis Hanson
Monday, October 17, 2016
Conservatives should vote for the Republican nominee.
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A Postmodern NFL

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Sunday, October 16, 2016

In an essay that could come right out of 1984, Washington Post Ministry of Truth writers Drew Harwell and Rick Maese struggle to explain the abrupt erosion of the NFL’s televised audiences. They manage to cite every conceivable longer-term trend, such as saturation of the market, competition from other entertainment, the 2016 political race, and the decline in television viewing in general.

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Same Old, Same Old...

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Friday, October 14, 2016

Every time the Clinton campaign hits a rough patch — the Clinton Foundation disclosures, the State Department e-mail scandals, Hillary’s health crisis, the “deplorables” smear, the WikiLeaks releases — it lets off an IED, from the staged theatrics of the Khans and the Venezuela beauty queen to the Access Hollywood tape and the groper accusations.

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America’s Civilizational Paralysis

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Our nation faces many existential challenges that our politicians refuse to address.


Medieval America

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Townhall
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pessimists often compare today's troubled America to a tottering late Rome or an insolvent and descending British Empire. But medieval Europe (roughly A.D. 500 to 1450) is the more apt comparison.

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The So-Called Trump Supporter/Defender/Endorser

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I think we at National Review have to be very careful in blanket condemnations of Trump “endorsers,” “supporters,” “defenders,” and scare-quote “conservatives” as if they were a monolithic group of mindless extremists or utter fools.