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-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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The Paradoxes Of The Mueller Investigation

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, February 22, 2018

They are numerous, and none of them are good news for President Trump’s opponents.

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Rethinking Watergate

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

FISA-gate is as scandalous as Nixon’s break-in. Why won’t the press say so? 

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Kill Chic

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

In movies, novels, music, and art, progressives murder their enemies, including presidents, in myriad ways.

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Understanding The California Mind

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Monday, February 19, 2018

Nancy Pelosi gave a marathon speech on illegal immigration the other day. But how would she know much about the realities of open borders, given her palatial retreat in Northern California and multi-millionaire lifestyle that allows wealthy progressives like herself to be exempt from the consequences of her own hectoring? In the end, the House minority leader was reduced to some adolescent racialist patter about her grandson wishing to look more like his Mexican-American friend.

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Who's Really Winning The North Korea Standoff?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Review
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Kim Jong-un may seem to have the upper hand, but the U.S. is quietly proving otherwise.

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Scandal, Corruption, Lawbreaking — And So What?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Review
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

What is the endgame to never-ending wrongdoing?

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Republican Embarrassments

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, February 11, 2018

Free-marketers are right that tax cuts stimulate economic growth that in turn lead to expanding production and eventually more federal tax revenue.

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FISA-Gate Is Scarier Than Watergate

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, February 8, 2018

The press used to uncover government wrongdoing. Today’s press is defending it.

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Swamp Things?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, February 8, 2018

No doubt people talk indiscreetly when they believe their communications are private; perhaps those in an illicit affair may posture and brag about their self-importance and exaggerate. All that said, when reading through the latest release of the Page-Strzok archive, one is struck not just that the two who eventually were to investigate Donald Trump did not like Trump, but rather that they utterly loathed him.

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A Year of Achievement

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Review
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The case for the Trump presidency.

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