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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Sen. Tom Cotton, Tragic Hero

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The snarky quip attributed to 19th-century French Foreign Minister Charles Maurice de Talleyrand -- "It was worse than a crime; it was a blunder" -- has recently been making the rounds to deride a letter written by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and signed by 46 other senators.

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The Putin Way

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Putin is following a blueprint that dates back to Philip of Macedon.
 

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The Rules Of Racialists — Part One

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, March 23, 2015

Never should racial relations be better. Intermarriage between various ethnic, religious, and racial groups has become commonplace. Every family that I know can no longer be termed white or Latino or black, despite the efforts of government and academic clerks to insist on such.

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Keystone Kops Government

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What has gone wrong with the U.S. government in the past month? Just about everything, from the fundamental to the ridiculous.

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A Tale Of Four Droughts

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, March 15, 2015

California is not suffering one drought, but four. Each is a metaphor of what California has become.

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E-Gate Epidemics

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Former CIA Director David Petraeus plea-bargained to a misdemeanor count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material after having given classified government information to his onetime mistress, Paula Broadwell.

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Shameless

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The Corner (National Review Online)
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Hillary stonewalled and has now outsourced her problem to attack-dog subordinates and Democratic stalwarts who, she believes, have Hillary—or no one—for 2016.
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Hillary Threw Down the Gauntlet

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The Corner (National Review Online)
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hillary apparently seemed to be saying: “Most federal high-ranking employees have personal and private e-mail accounts; when they leave office they turn over their .gov accounts and keep their own. But I didn’t like that, so I gained sole control of both my private and public accounts by mixing them up on my own private server.

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How Many Straws On Hillary’s Back?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
She is the star of the Democratic party — and for Democrats that’s a big problem.
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Israel, Jews, And The Obama Administration

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, March 8, 2015

Even some Democrats in Congress have come to the conclusion that after the brouhaha over Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech before Congress, President Obama wants to radically downgrade the long American special relationship with democratic Jewish Israel — and perhaps has a dislike of the idea of Israel.

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