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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Voting the War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Creators Syndicate
Thursday, January 3, 2008

The question for Americans at the start of 2008 is not — after over four years and a great deal of American blood and treasure — whether we should leave Iraq (all agree that we should), but when and under what conditions...

In the News

A Happy New Year Abroad

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Watching the debate over whether Huckabee’s withdrawn “attack” ad is over the top, and other assorted Iowa psychodramas makes interesting contrast with the rest of the world’s electioneering outside the Great Satan...

In the News

The Campaign

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Tuesday, January 1, 2008

We are nearing forty confirmed travelers for our May trip to the battlefields of Europe...

Analysis and Commentary

The Clinton Albatross

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, December 20, 2007

If polls are accurate, Sen. Hillary Clinton’s once-sure bid for the Democratic presidential nomination is now not so sure...

In the News

Huckabee and the Chattering Classes

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I having been reading some of the reactions to the negative appraisal of NRO writers to Huckabee's Foreign Affairs essay—the gist of it being he was unfairly ganged up on by supposed neo-cons and other purported East-Coast elites...

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Political and Natural Landscapes

by Victor Davis Hanson with Peter M. Robinsonvia Works and Days
Monday, December 17, 2007

Actually I have no deep thoughts on the subject, since the argument that it is entirely human-induced doesn’t seem proven...

Analysis and Commentary

Conventionally Ignorant

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Friday, December 14, 2007

Washington is an echo chamber...

Analysis and Commentary

All Mixed Up Over Iran

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, December 13, 2007

Last week's U.S. National Intelligence Estimate states, with "high confidence," that Iran quit trying to get a nuclear bomb in late 2003...

In the News

The Would-be Presidents

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Thursday, December 13, 2007

What are we to make of the recent news that adult stem cells can be altered to revert to their embryonic forms for purposes of disease research?

In the News

In War: Resolution

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Claremont Institute
Monday, December 10, 2007

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