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 Larry O'Connor Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Larry O'Connor Show
Monday, June 22, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson talks about the changing landscape of the presidential election, cultural revolutions and more.

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Victor Davis Hanson Calls Election 'A Manichean Choice' About 'Whether You Want Civilization'

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Monday, June 22, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson says  that the continuation of civilization is at stake in the November election.

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A Presidential Campaign Simile: Storm-Tossed Galleon

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Sunday, June 21, 2020

Presidential campaigns are like galleons sailing into port, their metaphorical Election Day destinations. Some arrive there first, others not at all.

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What Happens When The Madness Ends?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, June 21, 2020

Today’s corporate revolutionary enthusiasts had better prepare for the inevitable turn.

The Classicist with Victor Davis Hanson:
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The Classicist: Revolution, Overreach, And American History

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Friday, June 19, 2020

From toppled statues to renamed military bases, a look at the iconoclastic impulses sweeping the country.

In the News

Column: Who Else Dares Speak For The Mistreated Vegetables Of CHAZ/CHOP?

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Chicago Tribune
Friday, June 19, 2020

The last thing I need right now is to have my head lopped off by angry Jacobins of the cultural revolution over yet another column mocking CHAZ or CHOP or whatever they want to call that Leninist compound in downtown Seattle.

Victor Davis Hanson, Spring 2019
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Friday Short Cuts

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Patriot Post
Friday, June 19, 2020

Notable quotables from Victor Davis Hanson, Mark Levin, Chuck Schumer, and more.

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Victor Davis Hanson: The Jacobins Combine With The Red Guards

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "How Cultural Revolutions Die — or Not."

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How Cultural Revolutions Die — Or Not

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, June 18, 2020

They eat their own, unless a cruel dictator rises to unite and control the mob.

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Victor Davis Hanson Says 'The Left Has Used' George Floyd's Death To Stage Cultural Revolution

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses whether the left has “hijacked” the protests over the death of George Floyd in order to stage a cultural revolution.

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