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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From Water to Airplanes

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, December 8, 2007

Californians are relieved that we’ve had 48 hrs of rain and snow...

Analysis and Commentary

Of Teddy Bears and Cartoons

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, December 6, 2007

Here we go again...

In the News

Iraniana

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Wednesday, December 5, 2007

I have written too much about why it is a bad idea to bomb Iran now, but there remain nagging questions about the latest intelligence disclosures about Iran as the airways remain full of all sorts of crazy opinions...

In the News

Farming and Fighting Again

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, December 3, 2007

It is only December and California farmers are starting to panic in the Central Valley over the absence of both snow in the mountains and rain here...

In the News

Revisionism and The Iranian Non-Bomb

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Monday, December 3, 2007

The latest news from Iran about the supposed abandonment in 2003 of the effort to produce a Bomb — if even remotely accurate — presents somewhat of a dilemma for liberal Democrats...

Analysis and Commentary

The Looking-Glass War in Iraq

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Friday, November 30, 2007

We can learn a lot about ourselves from the looking glass of Iraq...

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Uncommon Knowledge: Victor Davis Hanson

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Victor Davis Hansonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, November 30, 2007

As a military historian, Victor Davis Hanson places America's current war in Iraq, President Bush's leadership, and military successes and failures in the context of America's long history of conflicts from the Civil War to the world wars of the twentieth century. He reports on his most recent trip to Iraq where he witnessed the surge firsthand and met with General David Petraeus and Sunni sheiks. He takes up the challenges posed by Iran and the need at home for all Americans to have a greater understanding of the military's role in society. (34:42) Video transcript

Analysis and Commentary

Individuals can still change history

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, November 29, 2007

In the last few years, it has become popular to say that history is determined largely by sweeping inanimate forces of technology, the environment, gender, class, or race...

Analysis and Commentary

Soft neocon stance wins growing consensus

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Monday, November 26, 2007

More than seven months ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, claimed that Iraq was “lost..."

In the News

When and Why Mice Roar

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Sunday, November 25, 2007

One becomes bewildered at the tone of Gen. Sanchez's rebuttal to the Bush radio address, especially if collating both his present advice and criticism of Iraq with his own past tenure there—a similar syndrome to the supposedly sensational charges of the Scott McClellan memoirs, given the latter's utter incompetence and inability at a time of war to articulate, expound, and defend what the U.S. was trying to do in Iraq—all akin to those — cf. Michael Scheuer, Richard Clark, et al. — who could not capture, much less kill bin Laden in the 1990s, nor trace down the 9/11 terrorists before 9/11...

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