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, the latest of which is The Second World Wars (Basic Books), which was released in October 2017. His other books include 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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In the News

The Fabrications That Almost Succeeded In Overthrowing President Trump

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Conservative HQ
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Anyone who watched disgraced and fired FBI agent Andrew McCabe’s interviews with NPR's Morning Edition and CBS News’ 60 Minutes and who has not been following the phony Russia “collusion” investigation might be forgiven for thinking there was something really there.

Analysis and Commentary

The Strange Paradoxes of Our Age

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

From race, to environmentalism, to wealth, the gulf between ideological rhetoric and reality has rarely been wider.

In the News

Coup’s Next (2)

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Power Line Blog
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Victor Davis Hanson pieces together much of what we have learned so far in the efforts to prevent and then undo the election of Donald Trump — the affair that I refer to in whole as the Mueller Switch Project — in “Autopsy of a dead coup.” It’s an excellent and needed column by a great historian. With a timely endorsement by Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Hanson’s book The Case For Trump — has become an Amazon best-seller even before its publication on March 5.

In the News

Trump Tweets 'Treason!'

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia CNS News
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Quoting Fox News's Sean Hannity late Monday night, President Trump tweeted: "“The biggest abuse of power and corruption scandal in our history, and it’s much worse than we thought. Andrew McCabe (FBI) admitted to plotting a coup (government overthrow) when he was serving in the FBI, before he was fired for lying & leaking.” @seanhannity @FoxNews Treason!"

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The New Nihilism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Monday, February 18, 2019

The Trump-loathing American left has spiraled out of control.


Autopsy Of A Dead Coup

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, February 17, 2019

The illegal effort to destroy the 2016 Trump campaign by Hillary Clinton campaign’s use of funds to create, disseminate among court media, and then salt among high Obama administration officials, a fabricated, opposition smear dossier failed. So has the second special prosecutor phase of the coup to abort the Trump presidency failed.


Trump’s Declaration Of National Emergency Was Unnecessarily ‘Dramatic’: Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses that the pending legal battle over the national emergency declared by President Trump may all center around “semantics.” Hanson added that it was “psycho-dramatic” to say that the Constitution is “in danger,” pointing to Obama’s actions on the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal and DACA.

In the News

The Case For Trump: Order The New VDH Book Today

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Friday, February 15, 2019

Yours Truly was in the midst of drafting a Corner post about the forthcoming Victor Davis Hanson book when Rush Limbaugh did my work for me by spending a healthy chunk of his program doing the same.

In the News

Build A Wall Around Nouveau Intellectual Know-Nothings

with Victor Davis Hansonvia Ricochet
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Brandon Darby has a target on his head from the Mexican cartels. Concealing his Second Amendment rights under his vest, he hides among some of the most dangerous people in the Western Hemisphere. With more than half of the 32 Mexican states being run by the cartels, Brandon, a father and family man, understands his life is on the line daily.


Victor Davis Hanson Has Written The Best Book On Trump

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Rush Limbaugh Show
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his new book The Case for Trump.