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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Analysis and Commentary

War-Making and the Machines of War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Commentary
Friday, December 1, 2006

In recent years, the term “revolution in military affairs” (RMA) has come to be applied to the vast change that computerized intelligence and globalization have brought to the conduct of war...

Whose Fiasco?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Policy Review
Friday, December 1, 2006

Victor Davis Hanson on Fiasco: The American Adventure in Iraq by Thomas E. Ricks.

Analysis and Commentary

Blood and Oil

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, November 29, 2006

With the gruesome killing of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, Vladimir Putin's Russia stands accused of poisoning yet another critic...

Analysis and Commentary

Losing the Enlightenment

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Opinion Journal (Wall Street Journal)
Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Our current crisis is not yet a catastrophe, but a real loss of confidence of the spirit...

In the News

Wars, Then and Now..

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, November 27, 2006

When George Bush Sr. addressed an audience in Abu Dhabi, he was jeered and blamed for globalization—this from a country that can only exist with foreign expertise in a globalized world that finds, extracts, and sells its accidental petroleum fortune...

Analysis and Commentary

Before - and After - Iraq

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, November 23, 2006

"Our own successful three-week war, but their failed three-year peace."

In the News

Is it a Roar or a Meow?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, November 20, 2006

Governance is not the same as easy criticism...

Analysis and Commentary

The new appeasement

by Victor Davis Hansonvia New Criterion
Monday, November 20, 2006

The wider English-reading public discovered the genius of Mark Steyn after September 11, and for two reasons other than the fact that his amazing prolificacy did not come at the expense of quality...

Analysis and Commentary

Will the West Stumble?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Monday, November 20, 2006

What a stupid question...

Analysis and Commentary

More Bark Than Bite?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, November 16, 2006

Will the Democrats' new control of the House and Senate shake things up that much abroad?

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