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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Leave McMaster Be

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Friday, March 16, 2018

About every two months, there are rumors that Gen. H. R. McMaster might be let go as Trump’s national-security adviser (along with many other stellar appointees).

Analysis and Commentary

Lessons From Germany’s ‘Spring Offensive,’ 100 Years Later

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Germany lost World War I in a matter of months after near victory. The lessons from that defeat are still valuable today.

Analysis and Commentary

The New Left Trumps The Old Right

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Anti-Semitism, racism, deception, and dirty tricks: For progressives, the ends justify the means.

Analysis and Commentary

Swamp Things In The Russia Investigation

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Monday, March 12, 2018

“The Swamp” usually refers to the vast federal bureaucratic machinery of mostly unelected top officials who exercise influence and power without worry about the appearance of conflicts of interest. They are often exempt from the consequences of the laws and regulations that affect others. The chief characteristics of the swamp are the interlocking friendships, business relationships, marriages and partnerships in Washington, and their immune response against anyone who challenges them.


The Rapid ‘Progress’ Of Progressivism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, March 8, 2018
It leads to an endless race for equality and erodes prior rules.

Trump Syndromes

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

General chaos surrounds President Trump. Few dispute that. All argue over the origins, causes, and nature of these wild reactions to our president.


Trump's Generals Are Too Valuable To Be Dismissed

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Townhall
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Near-daily gossip surrounds Donald Trump's three marquee generals. The media sometimes blare out rumors that Gen. John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, is proving to be a loose cannon and might soon be fired.

Analysis and Commentary

NATO For the 21st Century: Ensuring Liberal Democracy In Europe

by Victor Davis Hansonvia
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson responds to your questions related to NATO.


The Real Russian Disaster

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Review
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Donald Trump has said a lot of silly stuff about Russia, from joking about Vladimir Putin helping to find Hillary’s deleted emails, to naïve musings about the extent of Russian interference into Western democratic elections. But far more important than what he has said is what Trump has done. That same caveat applies to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Analysis and Commentary

The Labyrinth Of Oppressions

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Monday, February 26, 2018

When the human experience is simplistically divided into two worlds, then things increasingly do not easily fit. Specifically, what happens when the number of victims begins to outnumber the pool of oppressors? At that point can the oppressed become victims of the oppressed?