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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A Lost War: A Conversation With Victor Davis Hanson And H. R. McMaster On Afghanistan’s Past, Present, And Future

interview with Victor Davis Hanson, H. R. McMastervia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, September 20, 2021

In this frank, no-holds-barred conversation, General H. R. McMaster and Victor Davis Hanson discuss the United States’ mission in Afghanistan: how it began, how it was conducted, and its ignominious end. 

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A Lost War: A Conversation With Victor Davis Hanson And H. R. McMaster On Afghanistan’s Past, Present, And Future

interview with Victor Davis Hanson, H. R. McMastervia Strategika
Monday, September 20, 2021

In this frank, no-holds-barred conversation, General H. R. McMaster and Victor Davis Hanson discuss the United States’ mission in Afghanistan: how it began, how it was conducted, and its ignominious end. 

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The Afghanistization Of America

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, September 19, 2021

We are doing our best to become a Third-World country of incompetency, constitutional erosion, a fractious and politicized military elite, and racially and ethnically obsessed warring tribes.

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The Classicist: Wake Up To Woke

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Thursday, September 16, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson talks about news on California’s Recall, the racism of wokism, the new impeachment standard, and myths of World War II.

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‘Science,’ They Said

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Science is dying; superstition disguised as morality is returning. And we all will soon become poorer, angrier and more divided.

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How Their Vanity Made Never Trumpers Completely Obsolete

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Federalist
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Can one be a proud, moderate conservative in 2021? Not according to The Washington Post’s playhouse of neoconservative pundits: Max Boot, Jennifer Rubin, and Michael Gerson.
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Classical Patricide

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The New Criterion
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Should the formal study of Greece and Rome die—or be killed off? Some classicists seem to think so.

Interviews

The Victor Davis Hanson Show - The Traditionalist: 20 Years Later

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Victor Davis Hanson Show
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the recent disasters in US policy in Afghanistan and on the vaccines. Are the policies untenable?

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Historian’s Corner: Some Mythologies Of World War II: Part Four

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Victor Davis Hanson
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

If in 1939–41, Moscow had sent Nazi Germany huge deliveries of cereals, wheat, soybeans, 100,000 tons of cotton, nearly a million tons of oil and ores and minerals essential to German industry, it would be unable to divert some of such aid to its new friends in its new fight against its old friend. 

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Wokeness: An Evil Of Our Age

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, September 12, 2021

Even the Chinese apparat could not invent a more evil, more macabre way to destroy the United States.

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