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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It Doesn’t Always Compute

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, June 28, 2008

Two of the Three in the Axis of Evil — Korea and Iraq –seem no longer to be acquiring weapons of mass destruction...

A Modest Proposal for Mideast Peace

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

Refugees, lost territory, artificial states . . . after we somehow fix these problems in spots like Kashmir and Eastern Europe, fixing them in Israel will be a cinch. By Victor Davis Hanson.

Analysis and Commentary

They Can't-Do Society

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, June 26, 2008

We have become a nation of second-guessing Hamlets...

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A Week That Was

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Here are some things rarely discussed that worry me about Obama:...

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Catching up With Correspondence

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, June 20, 2008

I enjoy reading the posts and private emails, and here are some reactions, both to supporters and angry detractors...

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Obama Change

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, June 19, 2008

By this point in the presidential campaign, the public knows that a charismatic Barack Obama wants sweeping “change.”...

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Obamiana

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Tuesday, June 17, 2008

After listening to Obama’s well-delivered Detroit speech tonight, I was struck by some reoccurring themes...

Analysis and Commentary

Iraq in Review

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Friday, June 13, 2008

Many commentators on Iraq had no strong ideas about the wisdom of removing Saddam Hussein, but often predicated their evolving views on the basis of whether we were perceived as winning or losing — and later made the necessary and often fluid adjustments...

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Patrick J. Buchanan—Pseudo-Historian, Very Real Dissimulator

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, June 13, 2008

Patrick J. Buchanan got upset that I wrote a column about the World War II revisionists, especially his book, and that of Nicholson Baker’s on the allied “crimes” of bombing German cities...

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Start drilling!

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, June 12, 2008

The other day in southwestern Fresno County, a poor part of Central California, I talked with a number of folks at a rural gas station...

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