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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Analysis and Commentary

An Instructive Candidacy

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, October 24, 2008

Soon this depressing campaign will be over, and we can reflect on what we learned from our two-month introduction to Sarah Palin...

Analysis and Commentary

Obama remains an enigma

by Victor Davis Hansonvia San Jose Mercury News
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The dismal poll ratings of lame-duck Republican President Bush have descended to those of Harry Truman when he left office...

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Victor Davis Hanson: Obama, Palin, and the Culture Wars

with Victor Davis Hansonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Victor Davis Hanson discusses Obama, Palin, and the Culture Wars. (39:07)

In the News

Randomly Politically Incorrect

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, October 20, 2008

Why hasn’t Obama put McCain away?...

Analysis and Commentary

It's the debt, stupid

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Sunday, October 19, 2008

Who caused the American financial panic and the wild swings in our financial system - and what are we going to do about it in the long term after the markets settle down?...

Analysis and Commentary

Election could go to candidate who shows leadership on debt

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, October 16, 2008

Who caused the American financial panic and the wild swings in our financial system - and what are we going to do about it in the long term after the markets settle down?...

In the News

Hope and Despair

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The problem with bringing up Ayers and Wright and the other assorted nuts of Obama’s weird Scipionic Circle—I think the most reprehensible of the discarded associates was the rather murderous Kenyan, Raila Odinga—is that it may now be too little too late...

Analysis and Commentary

Jumping Ship...

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Monday, October 13, 2008

This is becoming a very strange campaign...

What a “Change Candidate” . . . Can’t

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, October 12, 2008

Our new president will face familiar friends and even more familiar foes. By Victor Davis Hanson.

Analysis and Commentary

Not Over Yet

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Friday, October 10, 2008

Of course, this is a Democratic year...

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