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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Trump And The Politics Of Moral Outrage

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

We are very far from a politics of ideological purity and high character.

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The Dream Of Muslim Outreach Has Become A Nightmare

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, July 21, 2016

When President Obama entered office, he dreamed that his hope-and-change messaging and his references to his familial Islamic roots would win over the Muslim world. The soon-to-be Nobel Peace Prize laureate would make the U.S. liked in the Middle East. Then, terrorism would decrease.

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Alphabet Soup Corruption

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Historians will remember the Obama administration for its ideological disregard of the rule of law.

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Ten Reasons Why Trump Could Win

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

With four more months until Election Day, be prepared for chills and spills.

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Three Modest Propositions

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Sunday, July 17, 2016

In future presidential editorialization about the shooting deaths of police officers, perhaps the president himself might first offer a few “words matter” gestures that would reassure law enforcement, to use another Obama phrase, that he “has their back.”

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Enemies See America As Vulnerable Prey

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Here is a sampling of some recent news abroad: A Russian guard attacked a U.S. diplomatic official at the door to the American Embassy in Moscow, even as NATO leaders met to galvanize against the next act of Russian aggression.

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Fundamentally Transformed

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Have we reached a point of no return?

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Ten Commandments for the Next President

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 11, 2016

Thou shalt not covet red lines. Thou shalt not trust “soft power.” Thou shalt mistrust and verify.

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Pity the Almond

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 11, 2016

California’s biggest crop has transformed farming, marketing, water policies, and even labor practices. That drives the left nuts.

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Will California Ever Thrive Again?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, July 7, 2016

The state is sinking, and its wealthy class is full of hypocrites.

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