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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Our Historically Challenged President

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, June 11, 2009

In his speech last week in Cairo, President Obama proclaimed he was a "student of history."...

In the News

Is It Going to Be Race and Resentment — All the Time?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Thursday, June 4, 2009

Michelle Obama is now weighing in on the Sotomayor nomination, and I think it will prove a serious political mistake, since she is reverting back to her "me too" campaign mode, in that she emphasizes both race and the anonymous "they" who are not nice or not sufficiently accommodating to the Other...

Analysis and Commentary

Sotomayor’s Mistake

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, June 4, 2009

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has scolded Americans for being “cowards” and not talking more about race...

Analysis and Commentary

The Age of Middle East Atonement

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, June 4, 2009

President Obama made an earnest effort — as is his way in matters of discord — to split the difference with the Islamic world...

In the News

Multiculturalism Trumps Freedom?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Wednesday, June 3, 2009

In a recent interview President Obama, I think, was logically trying to say that practical hurdles and costs in the real world mean that we cannot simply force other countries to chose a wiser form of consensual government than their own...

Analysis and Commentary

Israel fears a nuclear Iran

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, May 28, 2009

Why would the Iranian government spend billions of dollars trying to develop a few first-generation nuclear bombs (as nearly everyone believes is the case) when the country is so poor that it has to ration gasoline?...

In the News

California on the Horizon

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

It is generally known that Americans want it both ways — green giddiness and plenty of oil and gas for their cars and homes; lots of government services and low taxes; a big military but spasms of isolationism...

Analysis and Commentary

Is America Premodern or Postmodern?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

During the last 20 years, science and a growing economy gave Americans the most sophisticated and leisured lifestyles in history...

Analysis and Commentary

Americans want it all, provided somebody else pays for it

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Today's Americans inherited the wealthiest nation in history — but only because earlier generations learned how to feed, fuel, finance and defend themselves in ways unrivaled elsewhere...

In the News

Nothing New Under the Sun

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Rather than nitpick about Obama’s envisioned brave new world, I think it wiser to see it in the larger context of age-old divides over the nature of Western democratic and liberal society...

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