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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‘Shame’: Victor Davis Hanson Delivers Scathing Indictment Of Failed ‘Coup’

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia Nation and State
Monday, March 25, 2019

‘Shame’: Victor Davis Hanson delivers scathing indictment of failed ‘coup’ By World Tribune on February 20, 2019 The first “coup” in U.S. history in which government bureaucrats sought to overturn an election and to remove a sitting U.S. president has failed, a columnist noted.

Analysis and Commentary

Did Trump Really Do All That?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, March 24, 2019

Peggy Noonan, apparently like many, believes that Trump’s occasional callousness and crassness are unprecedented. And they have so befouled the political landscape that he has spawned rude and crude leftwing imitators. The result allegedly is the vile language of the “mean girls” such as the anti-Semitism and foul speech of Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

In the News

Book Review: The Case For Trump

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia Legal Insurrection
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Earlier this month, I noted that Victor Davis Hanson, fellow Californian and a military historian at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, had been targeted in social media by writers associated with The Bulwark.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson On The Don Smith Show: "The Case For Trump"

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Don Smith Show
Saturday, March 23, 2019

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

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson: The Case For Trump & No Safe Spaces For Snowflakes (27:55)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Vimeo
Friday, March 22, 2019

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

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson Offers 'The Case For Trump'

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Radio America
Friday, March 22, 2019

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

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson – Revolt Of The Forgotten Masses

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Gorilla News
Friday, March 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his recent book The Case for Trump, and notes that this past election was a matter of the forgotten masses of rural America revolting against the arrogance of the ruling elite.

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Victor Davis Hanson On The Marc Bernier Show Podcast

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Marc Bernier Show Podcast
Friday, March 22, 2019

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

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Victor Davis Hanson Talks "The Case for Trump" On The Howie Carr Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Howie Carr Show
Friday, March 22, 2019

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

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Victor Davis Hanson On The Lars Larson Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Lars Larson Show
Friday, March 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his recent book The Case for Trump, and also explains the meteoric rise of President Donald Trump.

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