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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Analysis and Commentary

Another Month in the War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, May 25, 2007

May was another normal month in the war against Islamism...

Analysis and Commentary

Is Sky Falling on America?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, May 24, 2007

The suicide-murders and roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan sicken Americans...

In the News

Cut America Some Slack

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, May 21, 2007

For five years we have been lectured that George Bush ruined the trans-Atlantic relationship...

In the News

Not With a Bang

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, May 19, 2007

There is only one of two ways that America’s role in the Iraq war will come to an end...

Analysis and Commentary

New Penance Doesn't Offset Much

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, May 17, 2007

What do leftist, mostly secular elites share with medieval sinners?

Analysis and Commentary

There’s a War Still Going On...

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Wednesday, May 16, 2007

They didn’t ask necessarily for this war; but nevertheless our soldiers and officer corps brilliantly defeated Saddam Hussein in three weeks under the strict parameters set by political leaders...

In the News

Ukraine needs unity for progress

by Victor Davis Hanson with William J. Perryvia United Press International
Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Ukraine needs early elections as soon as possible and a culture of political consensus to make real progress, according to a group of experts from the United States and Europe...

In the News

To Make a Long War Short

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Monday, May 14, 2007

We hear so much about the success of the enemy, rarely about our own in this war of attrition in Iraq...

Analysis and Commentary

Al Qaedism, Again

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, May 11, 2007

Why would Albanian-speaking Muslim refugees from the Balkans try to murder American soldiers?

In the News

The Moral Left

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, May 11, 2007

A World Away From Laurie David, Sheryl Crow, and Al Gore...

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