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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Trump And His Generals

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Trump’s reliance on his generals shows that he values merit over politics.


The Architecture Of Regime Change

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The ‘Resistance’ is using any and all means — lies, leaks, lawbreaking, and violence — to overturn the results of the 2016 election.


Can A Divided America Survive?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, June 15, 2017

History has not been very kind to countries that enter a state of multicultural chaos.

Analysis and Commentary

The Endless Ironies Of Donald J. Trump

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pandemonium can be a revivifying purgative. Here are the ironies of Donald Trump as president.


Mr. Nunes Went To Washington

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Devin Nunes is subpoenaing former Obama administration officials who may have played a role in inappropriate monitoring of the Trump transition team.

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Remembering D-Day

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

D-Day was the largest amphibious invasion in history since King Xerxes’ 480 bc combined sea and land descent into Greece. The Americans, especially General George Marshall, had wanted to invade France as early as spring 1943, still confident from their World War I experience that they could land easily in France and within a year push back the German army to end the war.

Analysis and Commentary

It’s The Hypocrisy, Stupid

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Progressives go the full Jimmy Swaggart.

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Analysis and Commentary

Ms. Merkel’s Ignorance

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Friday, June 2, 2017

For all the talk about Trump’s blunderbuss approach to foreign policy and his lack of cosmopolitan manners, few could rival the political and historical denseness of Angela Merkel’s recent broadside.


The Old German Problem

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Germany’s negative attitude toward the U.S. long predates the rise of Trump.

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Trump… Our Claudius

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The president, like the Roman emperor, has been dismissed as a crude and crazy outsider.