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 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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Democrats unlikely to regain power in November or 2008

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Thursday, June 22, 2006

Will President Bush's current unpopularity translate into a Democratic recapture of either the House or Senate this fall -- or a victory in the 2008 presidential election…

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How Oil Lubricates Our Enemies

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Enterprise Institute
Wednesday, June 21, 2006

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Marxism was discredited as an unworkable--and often murderous--alternative to consumer capitalism…

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Socrates and illegal immigration

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Daily Report
Saturday, June 17, 2006

After Socrates was convicted by a court of questionable charges, his friends planned to break him out of his jail in Athens…

Analysis and Commentary

Betting on Defeat?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, June 16, 2006

Lately, it has become popular to recant on Iraq…

Analysis and Commentary

Vietnam, After All?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, June 9, 2006

As with the formulaic type scenes of Homeric epic, there now arises a sense of familiarity with the current outcries over Haditha…

Analysis and Commentary

Both U.S., Iran play for time in talks over nuclear arsenal

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Daily Report
Thursday, June 8, 2006

Why did the United States suddenly reverse course and agree to negotiate directly with the Iranians over their development of a nuclear arsenal …

Analysis and Commentary

The American Way of War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, June 2, 2006

The nature of American military power in our age is defined by how it is constrained—through nuclear deterrence, political realities, and cost/benefit analysis…

Analysis and Commentary

Refighting the War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Commentary
Thursday, June 1, 2006

Ten years ago, Michael R. Gordon of the New York Times and the retired General Bernard Trainor wrote a critically acclaimed revisionist history of the first Gulf war…

Analysis and Commentary

Looking Back at Iraq

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, May 26, 2006

There may be a lot to regret about the past policy of the United States in the Middle East, but the removal of Saddam Hussein and the effort to birth democracy in his place is surely not one of them…

Analysis and Commentary

Our Brave New World of Immigration

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, May 25, 2006

In the dark of these rural spring mornings, I see full vans of Mexican laborers speeding by my farmhouse on their way to the western side of California's San Joaquin Valley to do the backbreaking work of weeding cotton, thinning tree fruit and picking strawberries…

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