Victor Davis Hanson

Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow
Awards and Honors:
Statesmanship Award from the Claremont Institute

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

The Day After

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Thursday, November 6, 2008

I wish President-elect Obama well, and hope that even his critics can concede that he waged a successful and often brilliant (if not shrewdly stealthy) campaign...

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A Blank Slate

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, November 2, 2008

Obama himself at various times in his memoirs—never have presidential autobiographies sold so many copies, and yet have been so little read by the press—talked about people seeing in him what they wished...

Analysis and Commentary

The End of Journalism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Friday, October 31, 2008

There have always been media biases and prejudices...

Analysis and Commentary

America Compared to What?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, October 30, 2008

After the September financial meltdown, many abroad, and some at home, immediately -- and with undisguised glee -- blamed America's problems on cowboy excess and forecast the end of American global influence...

In the News

Reflections of a Campaign Now Past (Almost)

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Here are ten random thoughts on this depressing campaign that I have not see discussed much in the media...

In the News

“Go Fail, Young Man!”

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, October 26, 2008

An end to failure seems to be the new American creed of the twentieth-first century...

In the News

The Campaign Takes a Very Strange Turn

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, October 25, 2008

Why didn’t Colin Powell and Co. jump ship in, say, June or July, and endorse Obama after many months of campaigning when his positions were already well known?...

Analysis and Commentary

An Instructive Candidacy

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, October 24, 2008

Soon this depressing campaign will be over, and we can reflect on what we learned from our two-month introduction to Sarah Palin...

Analysis and Commentary

Obama remains an enigma

by Victor Davis Hansonvia San Jose Mercury News
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The dismal poll ratings of lame-duck Republican President Bush have descended to those of Harry Truman when he left office...

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Victor Davis Hanson: Obama, Palin, and the Culture Wars

with Victor Davis Hansonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Victor Davis Hanson discusses Obama, Palin, and the Culture Wars. (39:07)