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 The Dan Proft Show (4:29)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Dan Proft Show
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "The Thin Veneer of American Civilization."

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The Thin Veneer Of American Civilization

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

In a flash, it’s been blown away, revealing the barbarism beneath. The seeds of destruction were planted long ago.

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Victor Davis Hanson: Making Sense Of Current Events During This Extraordinary Time

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
Monday, August 10, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses current events, history, and our extraordinary times.

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Who Or What Exactly Is Running Against Trump?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, August 9, 2020

The inner-Biden at 77 is turning out to be an unabashed bigot in the age of “cancel culture” and thought crimes that has apparently declared him immune from the opprobrium reserved for any such speech.

Atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945
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Our Annual August Debate Over The Bombs

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, August 6, 2020

It was a terrible choice among even worse alternatives.

 

Pale Horse

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The coronavirus proves once again the power of epidemics to upend, and sometimes erase, civilizations. Relearning a lesson the ancient world understood only too well.

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Real American Heroes With Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Oliver North's Real American Heroes
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses "The Reign of Terror" in America and how Trump can win the next election.

Analysis and Commentary

What Or Who Decides This Election?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

COVID progress, riot fatigue, Durham indictments, Biden’s brain . . . By November, several factors may be trending in Trump’s favor — if he lets them.

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John Anderson Direct: With Victor Davis Hanson, Historian And Writer

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia John Anderson
Monday, August 3, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses China, Black Lives Matter, and much more.

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The New Old Obama

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, August 2, 2020

Why is Barack Obama reemerging with greater frequency now? There are a few reasonable suppositions.

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