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 Joins Chris Buskirk To Discuss His Latest Book

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Friday, April 5, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his recent book The Case for Trump.

In the News

Historian: Trump's Record, Authenticity Will Carry Him To Victory

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia One News Now
Friday, April 5, 2019

The radical leftist agenda simply doesn't connect with the heart of America – but that, says a New York Times best-selling author, is just one of the reasons why President Donald Trump will be reelected next year, hands down.

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Victor Davis Hanson Makes The Case For Trump (25:45)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Spreaker
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his recent book The Case for Trump.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson On Newsradio 1310 KLIX

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News Radio
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his recent book The Case for Trump.

In the News

Abolish The Electoral College? Proceed At One's Own Risk.

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, April 4, 2019

The push to abolish the Electoral College is picking up steam as Democrats turn their attention to the 2020. Former Attorney General Eric Holder is among the latest high-profile Democrats to call for eliminating the age-old system, deeming it a “vestige of the past” and “undemocratic.” Some of the Democrats in the crowded 2020 field, ranging from South Bend, Ind., Mayor Peter Buttigieg to Sens. Elizabeth and Kirsten Gillibrand, had previously sounded the call. Warren has argued for a change in which “every vote matters.”

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With Mueller Hopes Gone, So Goes Progressive Unity

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Democratic Party has lots of radical new ideas, and lots of radical presidential candidates and politicos. But the common hatred of President Donald Trump has united otherwise quite disparate Democratic leaders such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); former Vice President Joe Biden; Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.); and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

In the News

'The Case for Trump' Is The First Sane Book About The 45th President

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia NewsMax
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Dr. Victor Davis Hanson, a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, is a very wise man. A renown expert on Greek and Roman classics and military history, he has written over a dozen eminently readable books on those subjects. His 2017 "The Second World Wars," is the most learned book I have read on how the first global conflict was fought and won. 

Interviews

Hugh Hewitt Interviews Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Hugh Hewitt Show
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses current issues and his new book, The Case for Trump.

In the News

The Greco-Persian Wars, Part Five: The Destruction Of Athens

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Daily Wire
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

As Xerxes' victorious legions triumphantly marched into Attica, panic swept the countryside. An estimated quarter million women, children, and elderly fled the region in one of the largest mass migrations of the ancient world. Themistocles decreed Athens must be abandoned. The entire population of the city and its immediate surroundings, some 100,000 souls, evacuated to the rugged island of Salamis where, as historian Victor Davis Hanson writes: “They were gambling that their own seaman, along with the still unconquered Greek allies from the Peloponnese, could wreck the Persian fleet before they all starved—and before the onset of autumn.” 

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The Virtuous Can Never Be Guilty

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Since ancient times, it has always been scary when moral auditors audit their own. Or as the Roman satirist Juvenal put it of male guardians entrusted to shield chaste girls from randy males, Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (“Who will watch the watchmen?”) When humans sense that there’s neither an earthly nor divine deterrent between them and social acceptance, power, riches, or their appetites, what follows is a foregone conclusion.

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