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-four books, the latest of which is The Case for Trump (Basic Books, 2019). His other books include The Second World Wars (Basic Books, 2017); 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.

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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What Happened To California Republicans?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, November 14, 2019

After three decades of radical progressivism, California residents are tiring of one-party straitjacket rule.

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The Classicist: Defending The Trump Doctrine

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The president’s approach to foreign policy is unconventional — but might be the best approach for a changing global environment.

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Ten Reasons Why Impeachment Is Illegitimate

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

We are witnessing constitutional government dissipating before our very eyes.

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Why Retired California Cops Are Fleeing The Golden State

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Law Officer
Sunday, November 10, 2019
Upon retirement my wife and I sold our home, packed the U-haul, loaded the dogs and moved to Texas. Our daughter and her family had previously relocated, so that motivated us. But ongoing state politics made the decision easy.
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The Looming ‘1984’ Election

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, November 10, 2019

For a variety of reasons, the 2020 election is going to be a referendum beyond Donald Trump’s record and his Democratic opposition.

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Victor Davis Hanson, Dan Coupland, & Gen. Robert Neller

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Radio Free Hillsdale Hour
Friday, November 8, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his American Greatness article "Our Bankrupt Nomenklatura."

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Victor Davis Hanson: 'I Don't Quite See The Logic' In A Michael Bloomberg 2020 Run

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Friday, November 8, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's potential entrance into the 2020 Democratic race.

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Victor Davis Hanson: These Arguments Over Our Past Are Really Over The Present

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his Fox News article "Socialism guarantees failure and suffering – So why do so many Americans support it?"

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The Classicist: Turkey: Our Untenable Ally

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Thursday, November 7, 2019

As tensions grow in the relationship between Washington and Ankara, is the relationship worth preserving?

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Victor Davis Hanson: Socialism Guarantees Failure And Suffering – So Why Do So Many Americans Support It?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Multiple forms of socialism, from hard Stalinism to European redistribution, continue to fail.

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