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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And We Thought "Clinging" to Guns, Church, Anti-trade and Anti-immigrant Stereotyping Was Bad ...

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Nora Ephron at the Huffington Post weighs in on the problem with Pennsylvania — apparently in the Obama spirit of hope, change, tolerance, unity, togetherness, etc...

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Give Me a Warren Oates or Jack Palance Any Day

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, April 19, 2008

It is more interested in political correctness than profits, as the Iraq War movie bombs attest...

Shield of Falsehoods

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 18, 2008

“There is no military solution . . . we haven’t tried diplomacy. . . .” Strategies rise and fall, but untruths about the Iraq war refuse to die. By Victor Davis Hanson.

Analysis and Commentary

Casualties of the campaign

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, April 17, 2008

It is only four months into 2008, but the presidential campaign - already too long and nasty - is still a long way from over...

In the News

Our European Candidate

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, April 14, 2008

The problem with the Obama Marin County speech, inter alia, is that it invites comparison to himself—as all condescension does, being the nursemaid to hypocrisy...

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Is There a Pattern Here?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Thursday, April 10, 2008

By now no one is surprised by what is said by a Rev. Wright (“KKK of A”, Israel is a “dirty word”, etc.) or a Rev. Meeks (“white people” as “slave-masters”), or that they have figured prominently among Obama supporters.

Analysis and Commentary

Where Have All the Liberals Gone?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, April 10, 2008

These days, Democrats are not sounding very liberal...

Analysis and Commentary

Back to the Good Ole Days Before Dubya?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, April 8, 2008

We know the critique of present American foreign policy under George W. Bush — unilateralist and preemptive — and to some extent we know Sen. Obama’s promised corrective — multilateral and reflective...

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Liberalism—a Strange Thing Indeed

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, April 7, 2008

With the release of the Clintons’ combined $109 million post-presidential aggregate income (cf. Hillary’s call for the creation of a poverty czar), we are a long way from clips of Harry Truman strolling around Independence, Missouri in his retirement...

Analysis and Commentary

The Year that Wasn't

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Thursday, April 3, 2008

For the Democratic party, 2008 was supposed to have been an ideal year...

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