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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The Greeks, The War, and Everything Else

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, March 2, 2007

My daughter and son and I are going to the premier of the 300 this Monday in Hollywood...

Analysis and Commentary

Iraq War Recalls Past U.S. Conflicts, Controversies

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, March 1, 2007

Given all of this country's past wars involving intelligence failures, tactical and strategic blunders, congressional fights and popular anger at the president, Iraq and the rising furor over it are hardly unusual...

Analysis and Commentary

Opposing view: Don't negotiate with pariahs

by Victor Davis Hansonvia USA Today
Thursday, March 1, 2007

America should attend regional talks that may include Syria and Iran, in support of stabilizing the democracy in Iraq...

In the News

Global warming or cooling—or both or neither?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, February 24, 2007

Until the recent storm, there was not much more than a few inches of snow, even at 6,000 feet in the Sierra...

Analysis and Commentary

Democrats Disingenuous in Their Anti-War Rhetoric

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, February 22, 2007

Why did a majority of Democratic Senators - such as Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Harry Reid, Jay Rockefeller and Chuck Schumer - vote to authorize a war with Iraq on Oct. 11, 2002?

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More of the Same

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, February 19, 2007

Over four years ago, I wrote of a phenomenon I dubbed “Al-Qaedism” to explain why random violence and terrorism by individual Muslims—while not connected with al-Qaeda per se—were still a danger...

Analysis and Commentary

Casting the First Stone

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, February 16, 2007

A new round of Middle East hysteria has broken out in Washington...

Analysis and Commentary

Tapping Ahmadinejad's Egg

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, February 15, 2007

We all know the Iranian M.O. - nuclear proliferation, Holocaust denial, threats to wipe out Israel, vicious anti-Western rhetoric, lavish sponsorship of terrorists at work attacking Israel and destabilizing Lebanon...

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Something Different

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, February 14, 2007

I have almost finished a long novel (should be done by July), No Man A Slave, about the great march of the Boiotians under the general Epaminondas, in winter and spring 369 B.C., to liberate the Messenian helots from Spartan rule...

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The Middle East Won't Be California

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, February 11, 2007

February starts spring out here...

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