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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Analysis and Commentary

When Success Is The Orphan

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Recent studies showing a decline in global incidents of Islamic terror have been interpreted as solely a Middle-East intramural affair...

In the News

Europe to an American

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, May 25, 2008

I was listening today from Brussels to Barack Obama’s Memorial Day commencement address...

In the News

Euromania

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, May 23, 2008

If one were to collate European criticisms of Americana and then compare them to reality in Europe, well, sure confusion results...

Analysis and Commentary

Do We Still Have Grants and Shermans?

by Victor Davis Hanson with H. R. McMastervia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, May 22, 2008

Who becomes a general — and why — tells us a lot about whether our military is on the right or wrong track...

In the News

More McCain Agonistes

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Tuesday, May 20, 2008

We have already seen, to paraphrase the Democrats, the elements of the vast leftwing hit-machine to come in the fall...

Analysis and Commentary

Appeasement and Its Discontents

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Monday, May 19, 2008

Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along...

In the News

Obama Rules

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Pajamas Media
Friday, May 16, 2008

Barack Obama is a gifted politician who has led an exemplary life...

In the News

The Problem is not conservatism, but conservatives who aren’t conservative

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, May 16, 2008

There is a lot of anguish among Republicans as they look at the dismal polls and the even more depressing performance of their candidates in various preliminary House races...

In the News

An Edwards VP?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Thursday, May 15, 2008

McCain should pray that Obama picks (he won't) John Edwards as VP—he brings no executive record of experience, and offers less ideological balance; he has a poor record of winning primaries over two failed runs for the Presidency, has never appealed to working-class whites, hurt the Kerry ticket as a mediocre VP candidate, did poorly in past and present debates, and went even harder to the left (in scripted fashion) in the primaries...

Analysis and Commentary

War Over the War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, May 15, 2008

The war in Iraq is in its sixth year — and we, the public, are in our sixth year of reading warring accounts about it...

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