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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The Classicist: Trump’s Jacksonian Realism

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Friday, July 31, 2020

The president defied conventional wisdom on foreign policy — and has largely been proven right.

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Victor Davis Hanson: Trump Is 'Protector' Of Traditions That Dems Want To Disrupt

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Friday, July 31, 2020
Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson explains why President Trump does not need to alter the voting system and that President Trump should remind voters that he is the protector and guarantor of our constitutional frameworks.
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Victor Davis Hanson: American Culture Cancels American Culture

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "Our Summer of Cultural Suicide."

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Victor Davis Hanson: What Are The Counter-Revolutionaries?

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "Waiting for the Counterrevolution."

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Our Summer Of Cultural Suicide

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Sports, movies, and schools go woke. And broke?

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Victor Davis Hanson On Essential Workers

by Victor Davis Hansonvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Victor Davis Hanson discusses the need for a fundamental shift in how we define and compensate workers for essential jobs.

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The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast: Great (And Not So Great) American Generals

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses some of America’s premier generals, and what made them great — or, not so great. Among those discussed: George Washington, U.S. Grant, Dwight Eisenhower, William Sherman, George Patton, Douglas MacArthur, Matthew Ridgway, and some of the more prominent Native American chiefs: Cochise, Geronimo, and Sitting Bull. And a little shade is thrown at Benedict Arnold.

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Waiting For The Counterrevolution

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

As the rioting continues, Democrats and the media attempt to blame it all on Trump, and most Americans watch and worry, in silence.

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Victor Davis Hanson Says Violent Protesters Made ‘Faustian Bargain’ With Democrats

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the rioters and that the democrats seem to support the rioters because the democrats think the rioters can help them get rid of President Trump.

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Where Are The New Heroes Of The Revolution?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, July 26, 2020

Cultural revolutions are suicidal, nihilistic, and incoherent. Those who survive such cannibalism do so by arbitrarily exempting their leaders from their own rules of mandated purity and no statute of limitations.

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