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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Confessions of a Cultural Drop-out

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, October 17, 2009

I have some confessions to make, not because any of you readers are particularly interested in my views; but rather because I think some of you are in the same boat: Have you stopped reading, listening, watching, and paying attention to most of what now passes for establishment public or popular culture?...

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Now We Know Why He Passed on the Dalai Lama

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Saturday, October 17, 2009

I am not a big fan of saying that officials should resign for stupid remarks...

Analysis and Commentary

Obama’s Theorems

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Friday, October 16, 2009

Part of the problem with the president’s agenda is that it is predicated on a number of radical ideas that are asserted, rather than proven...

Analysis and Commentary

Dear Europeans: Obama is just not that into you

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, October 15, 2009

Norway stunned the world by awarding the coveted Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama, who was nominated for the honor after being in office less than two weeks...

Analysis and Commentary

Confusions of the Age

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I get confused by the news quite often...

Analysis and Commentary

Nobelitics

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, October 10, 2009

Norway is a tiny country that was born lucky...

Analysis and Commentary

Guru America

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, October 8, 2009

President Obama last week flew to Copenhagen to persuade the International Olympic Committee to award the 2016 games to Chicago, his hometown...

Analysis and Commentary

The Power of Payback

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, October 7, 2009

I have believed in the power of the goddess Nemesis (“dispenser of dues”) ever since I was introduced to the concept as a teenager studying classics, especially in the texts of Hesiod, Herodotus, and Sophocles...

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Thoughts on the Hysteria About Afghanistan

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Afghanistan is a messy war, but so far it has been conducted with a minimum loss of American life while achieving some important goals...

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The Buck Passes Here

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Meet the Obama whiners...

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