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-three books, the latest of which is The Second World Wars (Basic Books), which was released in October 2017. His other books include 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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Truman May Have Been The Proto-Trump

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Review
Thursday, May 10, 2018

When President Harry S. Truman left office in January 1953, most Americans were glad to see him go. Since the introduction of presidential approval ratings, Truman's 32 percent rating was the lowest for any departing president except for that of Richard Nixon, who 21 years later resigned amid the Watergate scandal.

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America The Weird

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

If the United States were more like France or Germany, the West would collapse.

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The Trump Land Mine

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Review
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Explosives require careful handling. Sometimes they blow up in your face.

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What If Mueller Questioned Barack Obama?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Friday, May 4, 2018

Imagine if a right-wing version of Robert Mueller, backed by a properly pro-Trump legal team, had sent former President Barack Obama the same sort of questions that Mueller allegedly delivered this week to President Trump. The special counsel might dress them up in legalese, innuendo, and with perjury-trap IEDs, thereby casting suspicion with the mere nature of the questions.

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Is Trump Now Bad Cop Or Good Cop?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, May 3, 2018

With his team of foreign-policy hardliners in place, he can go back to being Monty Hall.

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If Only Hillary Had Won . . .

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Leakers and lawbreakers rewarded with Clinton-administration jobs — and the American public none the wiser about deep-state corruption.

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The Double Standards Of The Mueller Investigation

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, April 26, 2018

The country is about to witness an investigatory train wreck. In one direction, special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation train is looking for any conceivable thing that President Donald Trump's campaign team might have done wrong in 2016.

Mass Migration in Europe: Assimilation, Integration, and Security

by Victor Davis Hansonvia U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee
Thursday, April 26, 2018

On Thursday, April 26th, Victor Davis Hanson testified before the Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss Mass Migration in Europe: Assimilation Integration, and Security. 

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Respect Unearned

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Washington’s self-righteous establishmentarians talk of professionalism when they act unprofessionally. They refer at length to their intellectual and professional pedigrees when they prove incompetent. And they cite their morality and ethics when they possess neither.

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Revolution And Worse To Come

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

When legal bloodhounds and baying critics fail to take out Trump, what’s next? The Resistance wants Trump’s head — on the chopping block.

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