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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Populism of the Privileged

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

The rhetoric of Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton about the sad state of America is reminiscent of the suspect populism of John Edwards, the millionaire lawyer who recently dropped out of the Democratic presidential race...

In the News

Kosovo Was Then, This Is Now...

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Monday, February 18, 2008

Quite apart from the undeniable merits of independence, in political terms Kosovo 2008 is not quite Kosovo of 1998...

In the News

The Tragic Self

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, February 16, 2008

Candidates have intrinsic strengths and make their own fate, but the primary campaign did not necessarily have to end up where it did—since the following events were as pivotal as they were unexpected...

Analysis and Commentary

Robert Redford, Step Aside

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, February 14, 2008

In these uncertain times, the relatively new Sen. Barack Obama has become America’s “change” candidate...

Analysis and Commentary

Iraq Is Not the Worry

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Tuesday, February 12, 2008

General David Petraeus — a sort of combination of Fabius Maximus (“unus homo…”) and Matthew Ridgway — has changed the entire Iraqi war, and thereby given us a breathing spell to reflect on our longer-term strategies of victory...

In the News

Spare Us the Elite Populism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, February 8, 2008

I was watching on television last week both Barack Obama and his wife Michelle speak about the supposedly depression-like conditions in the US, and a people strapped by students loans, near hungry, and without hope of betterment...

Analysis and Commentary

Weird Times, Weirder Election

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, February 7, 2008

In this weird presidential campaign, almost everything has turned out opposite from what pollsters and pundits predicted...

In the News

Therapeutics 101—the Race, Class, and Gender Campaign Trail

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, February 3, 2008

Bill can’t stop campaigning if he wanted to...

Analysis and Commentary

Dems Want to Lose -- But GOP Doesn't Want to Win

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, January 31, 2008

Just a few months ago, the 2008 presidential contest seemed predetermined...

In the News

The Non-Debate

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Thursday, January 31, 2008

If one studies carefully the Clintama answers on the war on terror, illegal immigration, and Iraq then the magnitude of Republican infighting seems surreal...

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