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

Reactionary Amnesia

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, June 22, 2007

The good ole’ days in the Middle East...

Analysis and Commentary

More Middle East Madness

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, June 21, 2007

"The Palestinian people will never forgive the Hamas gangs for looting the home of the Palestinian people's great leader, Yasser Arafat..."

In the News

World Gone By

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Thursday, June 21, 2007

When I was growing in rural California in the 1950s and 1960s, my FDR parents winced at the nut right-wing fringe...

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300: The Sequel

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Battle of Thermopylae is long over, but it still has a great deal to tell us about friction between Persia and the West. By Victor Davis Hanson.

Hard Hearts

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The most contested "hearts and minds" of the Iraq war may belong to Americans. By Victor Davis Hanson.

Analysis and Commentary

Hypocrisy That Undermines Civilization

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, June 19, 2007

There is only a thin veneer that separates civilization from man's innate barbarity...

In the News

Crazy World

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, June 16, 2007

Flying has become worse than a root canal or prostate exam...

Analysis and Commentary

Gaza — It’s All Our Fault

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Thursday, June 14, 2007

One of the more depressing things of being stuck in airports during East-Coast June storms is watching CNN and its parade of glib fools that appear hourly blaming (but, of course) the U.S. for the miasma in Gaza and the ongoing creepy Fatah/Hamas killing...

Analysis and Commentary

Iliberal on Immigration

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, June 14, 2007

The collapse last week of a comprehensive immigration bill in Congress that called for a huge guest-worker program, fast-track visas, and a sort of earned citizenship for illegal aliens has unleashed a backlash against those opponents of it who prefer to close the border first and legislate the details of illegal immigration later...

In the News

Triple Standards

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Tuesday, June 12, 2007

What explains the sudden Fred Thompson Craze that propels a virtual non-candidate to among the top Republican presidential candidates?

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