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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What the Farmer Knows

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 1, 2007

A wise man may spend as much time plowing fields as studying philosophy. By Victor Davis Hanson.

Analysis and Commentary

Houses of Straw

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, March 30, 2007

The EU’s delusions about the sufficiency of “soft” power are embarrassingly revealed...

Analysis and Commentary

The Twenty-Five Hundred Years’ War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American
Friday, March 30, 2007

If a no-nonsense Greek infantryman holding the pass at Thermopylae were to be told that, 2,500 years in the future, Western constitutional states would still be facing an apocalyptic struggle with a totalitarian government in Persia, he would hardly be surprised...

Analysis and Commentary

Beyond Iraq

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, March 29, 2007

The threat from radical Islamic terrorists will not vanish when President Bush leaves office, or if funds for the Iraq war are cut off in 2008...

In the News

Hostage-Taking Redux

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, March 28, 2007

I listened carefully to the Democratic Senators denouncing the effort in Iraq...

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'300' -- Fact or Fiction?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, March 22, 2007

Crowds are flocking to see the film "300" about the ancient Spartans' last stand at the pass at Thermopylae against an invading Persian army...

In the News

Mad Farmers, Iranians, and Just About Everybody Else

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Democrats’ bill to strangle the war effort is loaded with give-aways to ‘farmers...'

In the News

Left vs. Right, East vs. West, Spartan vs. Theban

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, March 16, 2007

Valeria Plame’s sermon under oath about the virtues of CIA employees eschewing ideology and politics was laughable...

Analysis and Commentary

Can Gen. Petraeus Turn War in Iraq Around?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, March 15, 2007

The verdict on four years of fighting in Iraq hinges on the events of the next few months...

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Bipartisan Hypocrisy

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, March 8, 2007

Recently, several conservative politicians, moralists and evangelicals have been embroiled in scandal...

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