Victor Davis Hanson

Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow
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 Argues Biden Is Being ‘Held Hostage’ By His Own Party

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Monday, September 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses presidential nominee Joe Biden and Hanson thinks Biden is being held hostage by the Democrats as a political strategy.

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The Classicist: Descent Into Tribalism

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Monday, September 14, 2020

How the chaos of 2020 threatens to sever the ties that bind Americans together.

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Biden, ‘The Great And Powerful’

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, September 13, 2020

For now Joe Biden’s best hope is that some Emerald City media lackey does not play the role of the tiny dog Toto, rip away the curtain, and reveal the tiny man and his machinery behind the projection.

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An Open Letter To Our Fellow American Citizens

mentioning Victor Davis Hanson, Harvey C. Mansfieldvia RealClearFoundation
Friday, September 11, 2020

We stand at the crossroads.

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Victor Davis Hanson On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "Trump, Race, and Class."

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Victor Davis Hanson On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "Greek–Turkish Rivalry Is Again Near the Boiling Point."

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Victor Davis Hanson Predicts Street Violence Will Continue Until 'We Start Indicting People'

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the violence in the streets in the US, and notes that indictments will help end the violence. 

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Victor Davis Hanson: ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Is Not Isolationism

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia Hillsdale Collegian
Thursday, September 10, 2020

“President Donald Trump isn’t an isolationist, but a realist,” Victor Davis Hanson said in a speech at Hillsdale College on September 3. Hanson, an author and historian whose latest book is “The Case for Trump,” spoke about foreign policy under the Trump administration at Plaster Auditorium Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. 

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Greek-Turkish Rivalry Again Near The Boiling Point

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Bozeman Daily Chronicle (MT)
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Almost daily, Greek and Turkish aircraft and ships fight mock battles over disputed oil and gas rights in the eastern Mediterranean.

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The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast: Is Trump Creating A Middle-Class Coalition Of All Races?

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses Joe Biden’s paradoxes, Donald Trump’s appeal to minority voters, America’s hamstrung police, the wild and much-repeated claims by The Atlantic that Donald Trump insulted America’s war dead, California’s continuing descent, and the mistake that was (and remains) the lockdowns.

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