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-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 Says President Trump Can Unify The Nation Through Restoration

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Saturday, July 4, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses how President Trump can unify the United States.


Universities Sowing The Seeds Of Their Own Obsolescence

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, July 2, 2020

The media blitz during these last several weeks revealed a generation that is poorly educated and yet petulant and self-assured without justification.


NYT Prints Fake News About Russia; Trump Unleashes Barr On Rioters: Sebastian Gorka With Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Townhall Review
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson talks about the New York Times' fake news story about Russia, then Hanson discusses what options President Trump has to deal with the riots.


Victor Davis Hanson Claims Biden Reemergence Left Many 'Underwhelmed,' 'Disturbed,' And 'Worried'

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson analyzes presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's first press conference in 89 days and notes that Biden did not quell concerns about his fitness to lead America.


The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast: Basement Politics

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the cognitive challenges of Joe Biden; the former Veep’s basement strategy – and how Trump needs to counter Biden's strategy; how November will be about the angry voter; Blue State leaders “neo-confederate” approach to mayhem; John Roberts, the intimidated jurist; a Trump Second-Term agenda; recalling California Governor Gavin Newsom; and reflections on the fall of France on the 80th anniversary.

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When The Bidexit?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

We have reached a strange impasse in the campaign in which weakness is seen as strength. The fact that Biden is cognitively impaired and hiding in his basement in virtual incommunicado is now seen as a valuable strategy, given that Trump is dealing with the virus, lockdowns, the economy, and a pandemic of lawlessness and chaos — and down in the polls.


Victor Davis Hanson On Breitbart News Sunday

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Breitbart News Sunday
Sunday, June 28, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the presidential election and says “It’s more or less whether you like the United States more as it was before Memorial Day, or whether you would prefer what’s evolving after this Memorial Day, and by that I mean, whether you think that we didn’t have to be perfect to be good, and our institutions from the founders were necessary to incorporate change in a lawful and calm peaceful manner and then they can adjudicate any particular flaws we have in society versus we have a cancer, supposedly from our founding, and that racism has to be irradiated or cut out, and if it kills us, the host, then that’s a necessary price to pay. I think it’s that stark a choice.”

Analysis and Commentary

Trump Will Win If He Responds To Righteous Voter Rage

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, June 28, 2020

The hour of reckoning is here. Either Trump will crush the lawlessness and win swing voters to his side, or he will listen to the trimmers and lose the country.

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The Classicist: Triumph Of The Country Mouse

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Friday, June 26, 2020

The disconnect between urban and rural America is starting to work in the latter’s favor.


Victor Davis Hanson On America First With Sebastian Gorka Podcast

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast
Friday, June 26, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson talks about the rioters attacking American statues.