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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In the News

Obama Up, Obama Down…

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Campaigns are cyclical...

In the News

The Race Tightens Up (Again and Again)

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, September 7, 2008

It is interesting how Obama has been evolving toward McCain’s positions rather than vice versa...

Analysis and Commentary

Sarah Palin and Her Discontents

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Friday, September 5, 2008

There is something ignoble about these elite, affluent, and well-connected observers in smug fashion savaging Palin, when — especially in the case of the sneering power-women — we should all at least grant that Palin is intrinsically bright, energetic, savvy, and independent to have come this far at all, given the slanted and insider rules of the game she’s in...

Analysis and Commentary

Democrats should avoid nominating lawyers

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, September 4, 2008

The 2008 presidential campaign is supposed to be a referendum on change - who brings it and who doesn't...

In the News

Target Palin

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Thursday, September 4, 2008

If the post-Speech reaction of the talking heads at CNN, PBS and MSBNC, or the op-ed ravings of Gloria Steinem, Maureen Dowd, Eleanor Clift or Sally Quinn are any indication, the Secret Service better enlist the Alaskan National Guard for help ensuring the Alaskan Governor’s safety...

In the News

Palin: too much Hope and Change?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, September 1, 2008

Sarah Palin has not even been widely known nationally for a week...

Analysis and Commentary

Farewell, NATO

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, August 28, 2008

When I was growing up in the 1960s, we had a majestic Santa Rosa plum orchard on my family’s farm...

In the News

Conventional Nights

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Let us hope that the Republicans avoid the teary-eyed, drippy stories that almost all these Democratic speakers insist on inflicting on us: in this Oprah world, one would think that there is mass starvation, depression, and general mayhem...

In the News

Biden is back—Smile, Laugh or Cry?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, August 23, 2008

He’s been around in the Senate about ten times longer than Barack Obama, and offers age and experience to Obama’s thin (”above my paygrade”) resume and blank slate...

Analysis and Commentary

Blame Everyone Except Russia!

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, August 21, 2008

Everyone is distracted by the Olympics...

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