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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Campaign Thoughts

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Thursday, January 10, 2008

1. "He has to win....(fill in the state)..."

Analysis and Commentary

The politics of immigration

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, January 10, 2008

With the war in Iraq politically on the back burner, illegal immigration is heating up as a campaign issue...

Analysis and Commentary

The Crying Game

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The teary, compassionate Hillary and her “human moment” were just in time — and misinterpreted by the media...

Analysis and Commentary

The Queen Is Dead…

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Tuesday, January 8, 2008

For the past year, I, like millions of others, have been bewildered by TV’s talking heads, always assuring us that Hillary — before a single vote was cast, before a single attack ad was made, before a single blunder or mini-crisis occurred—was to be coronated as the Democratic nominee and would inevitably go on to beat any Republican rival...

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History, Europe, and Our Elections

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, January 6, 2008

I received a lot of questions the last few weeks about why Mediterranean peoples in Italy and Greece who crafted Western civilization eventually faded before Northern Europeans (tribal barbarians during a thousand years of Greco-Roman civilization), and especially Anglo-American culture...

Analysis and Commentary

Old Warhorse

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

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., early on was thought to be the frontrunner for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination...

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Swords into Plowshares?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American
Thursday, January 3, 2008

Militaries may begin wars confident in their existing weapons and technol­ogy, but they generally win only by radically changing designs or finding entirely new ones...

Analysis and Commentary

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...

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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...

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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...

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