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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Victor Davis Hanson On Joe Thomas In The Morning: The Case For Trump

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia WCHV
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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

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California Has Become America’s Cannibal State

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

For over six years, California has had a top marginal income tax rate of 13.3 percent, the highest in the nation. About 150,000 households in a state of 40 million people now pay nearly half of the total annual state income tax.

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Victor Davis Hanson Interview

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Robert Ringer
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his recent book The Case for Trump, as well as voting, politics, and immigration.

In the News

World War II Was A Fight To Preserve Human Freedom

mentioning Victor Davis Hansonvia The Federalist
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

This summer will mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the day thousands of men landed on the fog-covered beaches of Normandy to attack Nazi Germany’s army. What were these men fighting for? What was at stake for those fighting the deadly World War II? Scholar and professor Victor Davis Hanson answers these questions in a new free online course from Hillsdale College, “The Second World Wars.”

In the News

VDH: Does Every President Get A Special Counsel Now?

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Rush Limbaugh Show
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

I could put this in my own words, but Victor Davis Hanson had a piece yesterday about now that this has happened, is this gonna be standard operating procedure?

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The World Doesn’t Care About Groupthink

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Review
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Conventional wisdom may change in a flash (remember ‘peak oil’?), but elites remain elites, united by common interests.

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Breitbart News Tonight - Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Breitbart News Tonight
Monday, April 8, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses Democrats’ push for “reparations” as a racial political strategy born from fear that President Trump is “making inroads” with black voters.

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The Case For Trump And A Look At 2020

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia American Thinker
Monday, April 8, 2019

The Case for Trump by the political and military scholar Victor Davis Hanson is a book dedicated to the "Deplorables."  It is a fact-based analysis of why Donald Trump was able to win the presidency in 2016.  Beyond that, Hanson sat down with American Thinker and discussed the presidential election in 2020.

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All The Progressive Plotters

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, April 7, 2019

Right after the 2016 election, Green Party candidate Jill Stein—cheered on by Hillary Clinton dead-enders—sued in three states to recount votes and thereby overturn Donald Trump’s victory in the Electoral College. Before the quixotic effort imploded, Stein was praised as an iconic progressive social justice warrior who might stop the hated Trump from even entering the White House.

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Victor Davis Hanson On The Eric Metaxas Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Eric Metaxas Show
Friday, April 5, 2019

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

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