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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Darfur—the Good Iraq

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

I am as outraged as the next American about the genocide in Darfur…

Analysis and Commentary

Liberals gone wild!

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Why do Republicans drive leftists so crazy these days…

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Iraq war critics' accounts more gossip than history

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Friday, October 13, 2006

Three recent books about the ``fiasco'' in Iraq -- ``Cobra II'' by Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainor, ``State of Denial'' by Bob Woodward and just plain ``Fiasco'' by Tom Ricks -- have attracted a lot of attention, and sales...

Analysis and Commentary

Divided by class on illegal immigration

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Friday, October 6, 2006

When I wrote Mexifornia more than three years ago, much of the criticism came from the academic and open-borders left...

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The War and Its Critics

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Most genres don’t require footnotes—the memoir, the essay, the journalistic dispatch...

Analysis and Commentary

Traitors to the Enlightenment

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Monday, October 2, 2006

The first Western Enlightenment of the Greek fifth-century B.C. sought to explain natural phenomena through reason rather than superstition alone...

Analysis and Commentary

The new anti-Semitism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Friday, September 29, 2006

Hating Jews, on racial as well as religious grounds, is as old as the Roman destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem...

Analysis and Commentary

Islamic Fascism 101

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Monday, September 25, 2006

Make no apologies for the use of “Islamic fascism...

Analysis and Commentary

The Republican tortoise is gaining on the Democratic hares

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Friday, September 22, 2006

Despite their dreams of recapturing one or both houses of Congress this November, the Democrats seem determined to reprise their poor showings in 2002 and 2004...

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Bin Laden tape shows we have a lot to relearn about our terrorist foes

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Friday, September 15, 2006

In speeches leading up to the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush focused on the dangers of Islamic fascism and the efforts, at home and abroad, to combat it...

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