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-three books, the latest of which is The Second World Wars (Basic Books), which was released in October 2017. His other books include 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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Works and Days

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Hesiod was an ancient Greek poet who wrote about the world about him from the angle of the farmer...

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Is the Western Way of War Dead?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, September 8, 2006

It is now becoming trite to write of the American military “failure” in Iraq...

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It's fascism - and it's Islamic

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Friday, September 8, 2006

President Bush recently declared that we are at war with "Islamic fascism...

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The Foreigner’s Gift:

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Commentary
Friday, September 1, 2006

The last year or so has seen several insider histories of the American experience in Iraq...

Analysis and Commentary

The Waiting Game

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, September 1, 2006

Hezbollah’s black-clad legions goose-step and stiff-arm salute in parade, apparently eager to convey both the zeal and militarism of their religious fascism...

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Push for democracy in the Middle East serves U.S. interests

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Palestinian prime minister, Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh, is shocked...

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Relearning terror lessons

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Sunday, August 27, 2006

From the recent Israel-Hezbollah war in southern Lebanon to the jihadists in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle to the repeated efforts by Islamists across the globe to trump Sept. 11, what old lessons about terrorism are we in the West finding ourselves having to relearn…

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Relearning important lessons on terrorism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Friday, August 25, 2006

What old lessons about terrorism are we in the West finding ourselves having to relearn...

Analysis and Commentary

Mr. Bush’s Communication Problem

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Thursday, August 24, 2006

Just when former supporters of the Iraq invasion and the wider so-called war against terror are proclaiming doom and gloom, other commentators conclude that we have already defeated the jihadists! Nostalgia even abounds about returning to the 1990s, when the United States occasionally swatted bothersome terrorists with cruise missiles and indictments...

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Hope Amid Despair?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, August 18, 2006

Pessimism is now the conventional wisdom about the wars in the Middle East, and, indeed, it is hard to find any good news in the recent ceasefire…

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