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

Our Pearl Harbor

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, December 7, 2006

On Dec. 7, 1941 - 65 years ago this week - pilots from a Japanese carrier force bombed Pearl Harbor...

Analysis and Commentary

Studying the War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Thursday, December 7, 2006

In the wake of the release of the Iraq Study Group’s report, National Review Online asked a group of experts What does the Iraq Study Group’s report change, if anything?

Analysis and Commentary

Oil fuels despotism, bloodshed

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Monday, December 4, 2006

With the gruesome poisoning of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, Vladimir V. Putin's Russia stands accused of killing yet another critic...

In the News

War and More

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, December 2, 2006

Some readers will complain about reading here more on Iraq, and the need to defeat the Islamists in the more general war against terror...

Analysis and Commentary

War Stories

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, December 1, 2006

Five years after September 11, and three-and-a-half years after toppling Saddam Hussein, the U.S. is almost as angry at itself as it is at the enemy...

Analysis and Commentary

War-Making and the Machines of War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Commentary
Friday, December 1, 2006

In recent years, the term “revolution in military affairs” (RMA) has come to be applied to the vast change that computerized intelligence and globalization have brought to the conduct of war...

Whose Fiasco?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Policy Review
Friday, December 1, 2006

Victor Davis Hanson on Fiasco: The American Adventure in Iraq by Thomas E. Ricks.

Analysis and Commentary

Blood and Oil

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, November 29, 2006

With the gruesome killing of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, Vladimir Putin's Russia stands accused of poisoning yet another critic...

Analysis and Commentary

Losing the Enlightenment

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Opinion Journal (Wall Street Journal)
Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Our current crisis is not yet a catastrophe, but a real loss of confidence of the spirit...

In the News

Wars, Then and Now..

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, November 27, 2006

When George Bush Sr. addressed an audience in Abu Dhabi, he was jeered and blamed for globalization—this from a country that can only exist with foreign expertise in a globalized world that finds, extracts, and sells its accidental petroleum fortune...

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