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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Greek–Turkish Rivalry Is Again Near the Boiling Point

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Saturday, October 10, 2020

Add up all the contorted rivalries, histories, and overlapping alliances and loyalties, and the dispute may seem irrational.

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by Victor Davis Hansonvia Ekathimerini
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He talks frequently with the US president and he’s one of the few people who knows about the real views of Donald Trump on Greece.

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by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
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Newsom and lawmakers virtue-signal while failing utterly to address the state’s current crises.

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Victor Davis Hanson: Why Does Gavin Newsom Propose To Pay Reparations In The Always-Free State Of California?

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
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Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "California’s Illogical Reparations Bill."

Victor Davis Hanson: Senator Harris Represents The Comfortably Progressive And All-dominant Democratic Machine Of California

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Trump Is Now One With Countless Essential Workers

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
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President Trump has no reason to apologize for getting sick. He took risks to meet the obligations of his office and is now one with the millions who do the same thing, every day.

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Our Socialist Future?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Political opportunism, historical amnesia, and days of crisis have rekindled an American infatuation with socialism.

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Trump, Escaping Wile E. Coyotevirus

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
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Media meltdown over Trump’s COVID case is the latest sortie in a four-year effort to destroy his campaign and then presidency.

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The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast: Generals Foreign And Ancient

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the merits of Caesar, Hannibal, Napoleon, Suleiman, Themistocles, Bolivar, Epaminondas, and many more who may or may not deserve their reputations as battlefield geniuses. 

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