Victor Davis Hanson

Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow
Awards and Honors:
Statesmanship Award from the Claremont Institute

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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In the News

The Scary Legacy of the 2008 Democratic Primary

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Monday, April 28, 2008

One of the strangest things about the NAACP Wright pseudo-scientific speech on learning, and its enthusiastic CNN coverage and analysis, was the abject racialism of Wright...

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From Obama to the Wild Bunch

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, April 25, 2008

What strange paradoxes: the more the Democrats tried to show their egalitarian fides, they more they crafted an undemocratic nominating process; the more Obama talked of transcending race, the more he appealed to racial solidarity; the more Bill Clinton stumped and shook hands, the more he threw away his legacy; and the more Hillary and Barack slurred McCain as a right-wing nut, the more they repaired his relations with the his conservative base...

Analysis and Commentary

Who Is ‘They’?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Friday, April 25, 2008

Recently Barack Obama got into trouble by explaining to an affluent San Francisco audience why the cash-strapped, mostly white, working classes in Pennsylvania and the Midwest do not logically vote for his brand of economic populism, but instead cling to issues that sophisticates can see are extraneous to their economic plight...

Analysis and Commentary

A new environmentalism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, April 24, 2008

Tuesday was Earth Day, and it reminded us how environmentalism has helped to preserve the natural habitat of the United States - reducing the manmade pollution of our soils, air and water that is a byproduct of comfortable modern industrial life...

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And We Thought "Clinging" to Guns, Church, Anti-trade and Anti-immigrant Stereotyping Was Bad ...

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Nora Ephron at the Huffington Post weighs in on the problem with Pennsylvania — apparently in the Obama spirit of hope, change, tolerance, unity, togetherness, etc...

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Give Me a Warren Oates or Jack Palance Any Day

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, April 19, 2008

It is more interested in political correctness than profits, as the Iraq War movie bombs attest...

Shield of Falsehoods

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 18, 2008

“There is no military solution . . . we haven’t tried diplomacy. . . .” Strategies rise and fall, but untruths about the Iraq war refuse to die. By Victor Davis Hanson.

Analysis and Commentary

Casualties of the campaign

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, April 17, 2008

It is only four months into 2008, but the presidential campaign - already too long and nasty - is still a long way from over...

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Our European Candidate

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, April 14, 2008

The problem with the Obama Marin County speech, inter alia, is that it invites comparison to himself—as all condescension does, being the nursemaid to hypocrisy...

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Is There a Pattern Here?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Thursday, April 10, 2008

By now no one is surprised by what is said by a Rev. Wright (“KKK of A”, Israel is a “dirty word”, etc.) or a Rev. Meeks (“white people” as “slave-masters”), or that they have figured prominently among Obama supporters.