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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A Not Very Driven Interview

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, August 16, 2008

Obama, like Socrates, announced in Berlin that he was a citizen of the world...

Analysis and Commentary

Brave Old World

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, August 14, 2008

Russia invades Georgia...

In the News

Human Nature Being What It Is

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, August 13, 2008

We saw a glimpse of the back to the future world with the neo-czarist invasion of Vladimir Putin...

Analysis and Commentary

Moscow’s Sinister Brilliance

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Lost amid all the controversies surrounding the Georgian tragedy is the sheer diabolic brilliance of the long-planned Russia invasion...

In the News

Summer of Reflection

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, August 8, 2008

Beneath all the doom and gloom, what strikes one this late summer is the sheer resurgence of the United States...

Analysis and Commentary

Hillary’s Growing Shadow

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, August 7, 2008

Barack Obama and John McCain are running neck and neck...

In the News

Obama’s Ten Commandments

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, August 4, 2008

McCain and Obama are essentially even in many of the polls...

Analysis and Commentary

Harvesting Money in a Hungry World

by Victor Davis Hansonvia New York Times
Friday, August 1, 2008

The latest round of global agricultural trade negotiations that began seven years ago in Doha, Qatar, collapsed in acrimony this week in Geneva...

In the News

Where Art Thou, Hillary?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, August 1, 2008

I think buyer’s remorse will soon set in among Democrats...

Analysis and Commentary

What If Iraq Works?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, July 31, 2008

There is a growing confidence among officers, diplomats, and politicians that a constitutional Iraq is going to make it...

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