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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The Fright Of James Comey

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, May 5, 2019

In a recent op-ed, fired FBI Director James Comey was back again preaching to the nation about the dangers of Donald Trump and his capacity to corrupt any top-ranking federal official of lower character than Comey’s own.


Clinton Projection Syndrome

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Hillary Clinton recently editorialized about the second volume of special counsel Robert Mueller’s massive report. She concluded of the report’s assorted testimonies and inside White House gossip concerning President Trump’s words and actions that “any other person engaged in those acts would certainly have been indicted.”


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interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Howie Carr Show
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

 Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses immigration, politics, and much more.


Why Go West?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Immigrants see what is right about the West. That’s why they come. And then too many critique the very system they left their homelands to join.


Victor Davis Hanson On Yahoo News: Obama Urged Biden Not To Run In 2016

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Yahoo News
Monday, April 29, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses Joe Biden's run for president as well as the lack of endorsement from former President Obama.


The Adolescent Progressive Mind

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, April 28, 2019

One of the strangest things about the series of psychodramas that surround the ongoing effort to remove President Trump before the 2020 election is progressive schizophrenia. In teenage fashion, one moment a player in the Trump removal intrigue is deemed by the media-progressive nexus a demigod. The next moment, he’s a devil. It depends solely on his perceived sense of utility.

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How The U.S. Navy Outpaced The Axis Navies At Sea In World War II

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia The Federalist
Friday, April 26, 2019

Much like the battles fought in the sky during World War II, the battles fought on the sea were crucial to ultimately boosting the fights on the ground. In his free online course “The Second World Wars” for Hillsdale College, professor and scholar Victor Davis Hanson discusses how the Allied powers built a strong naval fleet, and where the Axis powers lapsed in their strategy at sea.

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Robespierre for President?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Jacobins of the left wing, like those of Revolutionary France, hunger for power—no matter what it costs, no matter whose heads will roll.


Mueller Investigation Was Driven By Pious Hypocrisy

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year, $30 million, 448-page report did not find collusion between Donald Trump and Russia. Despite compiling private allegations of loud and obnoxious Trump behavior, Mueller also concluded that there was not any actionable case of obstruction of justice by the president. It would have been hard in any case to find that Trump obstructed Mueller’s investigation of an alleged crime.

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Hanson On President’s Russia-Colluding Accusers: ‘They Felt They Had A Higher Duty’

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia World Tribune
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The constant drumbeat of Trump-Russia collusion by the Deep State, Democrats and their messengers in the corporate media was “a call for insurrection,” historian Victor Davis Hanson said.