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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Debate Impressions

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, October 3, 2008

Bottom line: Under an enormous amount of pressure, with the McCain campaign slowing, Palin did a good job...

Analysis and Commentary

America’s Nervous Breakdown

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, October 2, 2008

Ancient thinkers from Thucydides to Cicero insisted that money was the real source of military power and national influence...

Analysis and Commentary

Sarah Biden

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, October 2, 2008

Journalists continue to ask, “What was John McCain thinking in selecting the gaffe-prone Gov. Sarah Palin?”...

Iraq, Round Three

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Policy Review
Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Victor Davis Hanson on Moment of Truth in Iraq: How a New ‘Greatest Generation’ of American Soldiers is Turning Defeat and Disaster into Victory and Hope by Michael Yon and Tell Me How This Ends: General David Petraeus and the Search For a Way Out of Iraq by Linda Robinson.

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Time is Running Out

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, September 28, 2008

Obama’s constant deference to McCain as in “John is right…”; the worried side-looks over at McCain, who, in contrast, addressed the audience; and the desire for false intimacy (employing “John” instead of “Sen. McCain”) reflected the relative lack of gravitas on Obama’s part—something that transcends education, eloquence, and youthful vigor...

Analysis and Commentary

Dr. Frankenstein’s Wall Street

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, September 25, 2008

When the mortgage bubble burst, Americans were “shocked” at how many Wall Street buccaneers had been gambling in a vast pyramid scheme with someone else’s money...

In the News

The Campaign Gets Hotter Still…

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

If Obama wins, I think most McCain supporters will accept the verdict, and do what they can to make sure their country presses ahead, restores fiscal sanity, and remains strong in a dangerous world—and thus would wish a President Obama, as our shared commander-in-chief, all the best...

Analysis and Commentary

Why We Fight: Martin van Creveld's 'The Culture of War'

by Victor Davis Hansonvia New York Sun
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Martin van Creveld is one of the world's most prolific military historians, and has written in serial fashion about the state of present-day military conflict in light of the past...

Analysis and Commentary

Fossilized Foreign Policy

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Much of what Barack Obama has said about the world beyond our shores is about five years out of date...

Analysis and Commentary

The Limits of Obamamania in Europe

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I recently returned from a trip this summer to the battlefields of Europe’s past—among them Waterloo, Verdun, and Normandy—and had a number of discussions with Europeans of all sorts...

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