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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Analysis and Commentary

Campaign Rhetoric and Presidential Reality

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, December 18, 2008

Consider this brief history of foreign-policy posturing...

In the News

The New Tribalism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Thursday, December 18, 2008

Classical political theory always defined constitutional government as an advance beyond tribalism, since the first discovery of democratic politics in Cleisthenes' Athens...

In the News

Friends of Bernie?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Given what we know of Stevens, Rangel, and the Freddie/Fannie circle, surely no one like Bernie Madoff steals billions right under the N.Y./D.C. radar without friends in high places...

In the News

Lala Land

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, December 15, 2008

Blink and you may miss another government bail-out, loan guarantee, federal plan to alleviate a bad or unwise mortgage, a suggestion for more government funds for a more aggrieved constituency, or credit-card relief proposal, etc...

In the News

Blagatrocious

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Thursday, December 11, 2008

Like some of you, I had the following reactions reading the transcripts of Illinois’s Governor Blagojevich...

Analysis and Commentary

Blame Bush, Barack, or Us?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, December 11, 2008

Unpopular policies concerning terrorism, energy, and finance are of long duration — and not all will change...

Analysis and Commentary

Back to the past

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Sunday, December 7, 2008

For three days, Islamist gunmen nearly shut down Mumbai, the financial center of India...

In the News

What’s Ahead

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, December 7, 2008

Obama Hot Spots...

Analysis and Commentary

Parallel Lives

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Friday, December 5, 2008

The Roman moralist Plutarch wrote a number of parallel lives of illustrious Greek and Roman notables to offer his Greek-reading audience ethical lessons about character, virtue, and culture...

Analysis and Commentary

Back to the Old 9/11 World

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, December 4, 2008

Now Obama gets to deal with Islamic terror, and has no Bush to blame...

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