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

Global Schizophrenia

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, January 11, 2007

When it comes to intervening in international affairs, the United States is damned when it does and damned when it doesn't...

Analysis and Commentary

The Surge Gamble

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Thursday, January 11, 2007

This was not Churchill, not FDR, and not JFK Wednesday night, and there was not quite enough about winning and victory — but the content was still good enough...

In the News

Cry the Once Beloved University

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, January 8, 2007

What are we to make of this increasingly corrupt institution, whose health is so necessary to the welfare and competitiveness of the United States?

Analysis and Commentary

Stasis or Victory?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, January 5, 2007

There are troop surges, and then there are troop surges, in military history. Some radically alter the calculus of the battlefield...

Analysis and Commentary

A War of Endurance

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, January 4, 2007

As we begin a new year, with a new Congress being sworn in Thursday, it's a good time to take stock of the "global war on terror..."

In the News

Military Solutions?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, January 3, 2007

There is often voiced pessimism about our current military, to such a degree that it is termed broken or exhausted...

In the News

Paradoxes Galore

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, December 30, 2006

Expect Westerners soon to begin criticizing Ethiopia...

Analysis and Commentary

U.S. shouldn't talk to weak Iranian leader

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, December 28, 2006

The Iraq Study Group, prominent U.S. senators and realist diplomats all want America to hold formal talks with the government of Iran...

In the News

Christmas Day Observations

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, December 25, 2006

I thought throughout this Christmas day of the terrible sacrifice of our soldiers, now and in the past, whose ultimate sacrifices gave us this wonderful country...

Analysis and Commentary

What Is Annanism?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, December 22, 2006

Everyone seems to take some joy in listening to outgoing secretary-general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, especially during the holidays..

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