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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Ten Things A Candidate Might Promise

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

What we want to hear....

Analysis and Commentary

The Obama Crash and Burn

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Monday, March 24, 2008

The latest polls reflecting Obama’s near-collapse should serve as a morality tale of John Edwards’s two Americas — the political obtuseness of the intellectual elite juxtaposed to the common sense of the working classes....

Analysis and Commentary

Hope and Change Amid Despair

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, March 20, 2008

‘I think the magic is over..."

In the News

The Obamastrophe

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Thursday, March 20, 2008

I admire Barack’s Obama rhetorical skills and ability to run against Clinton, Inc., but racial polarization will be the legacy of an Obama campaign that promised to transcend race...

Analysis and Commentary

Where We Stand on Iraq and the Election

by Victor Davis Hansonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Thursday, March 20, 2008

I saw a startling statistic that said that 24% of all stories in the New York Times until last year were devoted to Iraq, and this year, 3% were....

Analysis and Commentary

An Elegant Farce

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Barack Obama’s Tuesday sermon was a well-crafted, well-delivered, postmodern review of race that had little to do with the poor judgment revealed in Obama’s relationship with the hateful Rev. Wright, much less the damage that he does both to African Americans and to the country in general...

In the News

Our New Nixon

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, March 17, 2008

One of the defenses of the Rev. Wright advanced by Sen. Obama was that his (suddenly “former”) pastor is a biblical “scholar..."

In the News

Obama—an American Tragedy

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, March 15, 2008

In a nutshell, Obama just doesn’t get it...

Analysis and Commentary

Mirror, Mirror...

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Friday, March 14, 2008

By now everyone sees what he wishes in Iraq — a disaster of many proportions, a necessary war that will still be won...

In the News

Race and the Democrats, Part IV

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Friday, March 14, 2008

Despite the serial profession of a new politics, there is something Nixonian about Obama's recent disclaimers over his racist pastor's diatribes...

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