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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It's Not Easy Being Green

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Patriot Post
Thursday, February 14, 2019

"Being crazy isn't enough," Dr. Seuss once said. Little did he know how prophetic he was.

Analysis and Commentary

The Mythologies Of ‘Joe Being Joe’ Biden

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Some polls put 76-year-old Joe Biden as the Democratic front-runner for the 2020 presidential election. There is certainly some logic to that reckoning.

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Area 45: The (Second) American Civil War? With Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Area 45
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Victor Davis Hanson analyzes the hands dealt to the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, and the 45th president, Donald Trump.

In the News

Victimization, American-Style

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Courier Express
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Of all the headlines about the scandals concerning the alleged past sins of one after another high official in Virginia, one struck me most poignantly. It was this, from the front page of The Washington Times: ”Democrats to vet candidates closely for secrets in past.”

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The Intersectional Road To Perdition

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

From The Ox-Bow Incident to To Kill a Mockingbird, novelists warned of the American propensity to become mob-like and often lethally so. Our Puritan roots, when coupled to elements of Athenian-style democracy, can on occasion vary wildly between dangerous bias and equally mindless self-righteousness.

Analysis and Commentary

Progressives Bearing Gifts

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, February 10, 2019

Donald Trump in 2016 did not only run against the planted rumors of the fake Steele dossier, 90 percent negative media coverage, his own boisterous past, and the “Access Hollywood” tape. He also was campaigning against Hillary Clinton—and the nation’s quarter-century weariness with the Clinton scandals, crimes, money-grubbing, and hypocrisies.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson On Race, Ethnicity, And Political Ideology

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Friday, February 8, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses how different groups are treated differently based on race, ethnicity, political ideology, etc.

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The Classicist, with Victor Davis Hanson: “Can Higher Education be Saved?

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Thursday, February 7, 2019

The roots of the modern academy’s dysfunction.

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The Return Of Ancient Prejudices

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

In the latter half of the 19th century and early in the 20th century, as Catholic immigrants poured in from Ireland and eastern Europe, an anti-Catholic wave spread over a mostly Protestant United States. The majority slur then was that Catholic newcomers’ first loyalty would be to “Rome,” not the U.S.

Analysis and Commentary

Remodeling America

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Jacobins of today take up the tools of France’s 18th-century radicals.

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