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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The Limits of Obamamania in Europe

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I recently returned from a trip this summer to the battlefields of Europe’s past—among them Waterloo, Verdun, and Normandy—and had a number of discussions with Europeans of all sorts...

In the News

Elitism, the Culture Wars, and the Campaign

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, September 21, 2008

That sums up the current political debate—whether we look at charges that John McCain has so many houses he can’t remember any longer the actual number of them; or that poor Barack Obama is depressed at the soaring price of arugula; or that Fightin’ Joe Biden once bootstrapped himself up at ten in Scranton; or that moose-hunting Sarah snowmachines as naturally as Barack Obama trips over himself in a bowling lane...

Analysis and Commentary

Obama Proves All Too Human

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

Many of the things that Barack Obama did to soar past Hillary Clinton during the primaries are now causing him problems as the general-election race tightens...

In the News

Palin and Obama—What Really is Wisdom?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Thursday, September 18, 2008

The race unfortunately has been framed the last two weeks by Democrats as one of Obama versus Palin...

In the News

Obamania—as in craziness, not craze

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, September 14, 2008

The contention is not that the media shouldn’t investigate Palin, but whether they are doing it in the manner, spirit, and level of intensity that they likewise explore Biden (and Obama)...

In the News

More Journalistic Malpractice

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

I don’t think at any time in our history I have seen anything more depressing than the record of our media this year—a Chris Matthews offering us “tingling” in his leg in lieu of analysis, the media gush over Obama, the hysterical hatred of Palin, all following the relative silence about the success of the surge in Iraq, after four years of IEDs, Abu Ghraib, and Guantanamo as our only Iraqi front page news...

Analysis and Commentary

The Other 9/11 Story

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

Seven years ago we suffered the worst attack on the American homeland in our history...

Analysis and Commentary

What Was Feminism?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, September 11, 2008
In the News

Obama Up, Obama Down…

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Campaigns are cyclical...

In the News

The Race Tightens Up (Again and Again)

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

It is interesting how Obama has been evolving toward McCain’s positions rather than vice versa...

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