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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Anti-Brexit Elites Aren’t The Ones Who Suffer from Their Policies

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Following the Brexit, Europe may witness even more plebiscites against the undemocratic European Union throughout the continent.

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The Highways To Orlando

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

We ought to express unified outrage against radical Islam rather than blame one another for such attacks.

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A Long Trump Summer

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

When have voters faced a choice between two such unpalatable, unprincipled candidates?

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Ideologues Make For Dangerous Politicians

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Opportunists are at least attuned to public opinion, unlike ideologues.

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The Trump Nuclear Bomb

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Other public figures won’t admit they agree with him — but they often quietly adopt his ideas.

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America In Free Fall

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, June 16, 2016

This election year has been defined by social unrest on race, immigration, campus politics, and countless other issues.

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Politics, Not Personalities, Will Likely Determine Presidential Election

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

At first glance, 2016 sizes up as no other election year in American history. For more than 30 years, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been high-profile and controversial celebrities.

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Election 2016: None Of The Above?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

What happens when there isn’t a lesser of two evils?

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Same Old, Same Old Horror

by Victor Davis Hansonvia City Journal
Monday, June 13, 2016

The Orlando massacre brings up familiar lessons that we never quite learn.

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ISIS And ‘Domestic’ Terrorism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Monday, June 13, 2016

In reacting to terrorism, Obama cannot bring himself to say the words ‘radical Islam.’

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