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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Analysis and Commentary

Silence Is Golden

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Monday, August 21, 2017

Anything Trump says or tweets is going to being contextualized in the worst light, even when he does not venture into Cairo-speech–like historical mythologies. The ensuing controversy usually results in yet another tactical defeat for the media, which further turns off the public by its displays of abject mediocrity and arrogance, but nevertheless is also a strategic setback for Trump in adding to a media narrative of chaos that drives out good news or news in general.


Silicon Valley Billionaires Are The New Robber Barons

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Progressives forget their history of breaking up mega-corporations as they lionize tech giants such as Apple, Google, and Facebook.


Is There Still A Conservative Foreign Policy?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Trump did not create the divide in the GOP policy world — he exposed it.


The Anti-Trump Bourbons: Learning And Forgetting Nothing In Time For 2020

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Monday, August 14, 2017

Just seven months into Donald Trump’s administration we are already bombarded with political angling and speculations about the 2020 presidential race. No one knows in the next three years what can happen to a volatile Trump presidency or his psychotic enemies, but for now such pronouncements of doom seem amnesiac if not absurd.


Is California Cracking Up?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

With poor education, a budget deficit, and crumbling infrastructure, Californians shouldn’t be focused on idealistic social programs.


Why Does The Left Suddenly Hate Russia?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Monday, August 7, 2017

After 70 years of accommodating and appeasing Russia, Democrats suddenly foment a red scare.

Analysis and Commentary

McMaster And Mattis Are Rare Assets—Not Deep State Liabilities

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Saturday, August 5, 2017

There is a larger context concerning the recent controversies among the architects of Trump’s national security team and agenda, and the criticism of National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster. Recall first that the foreign policy of Barack Obama, Ben Rhodes, Susan Rice, and Hillary Clinton could be best termed “provocative appeasement,” and it logically led to the present tensions around the world.


Is Kim Jong-Un An Evil Buffoon Or An Evil Genius?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Friday, August 4, 2017

Kim Jong-un has accomplished something that neither his grandfather nor father pulled off during the last 70 years: bringing an existential threat to the shores of the United States. North Korea’s handful of missiles that are soon to be pointed our way will be seen as posing a greater existential threat than do the far more numerous nuclear-tipped missiles of Russia and China — on the premise that by feigning (?) madness Kim is far more likely to use them.

Analysis and Commentary

The Problem Of Competitive Victimhood

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Divisive identity politics are fading in favor of a shared American identity.

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Miracle At Dunkirk

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A moving film, yet one which fails to capture what was truly at stake.