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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Iran--and the final Bateman reply

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, November 16, 2007

There is nothing but the proverbial bad choices involved with Iran...

Analysis and Commentary

America Is Sleeping

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

There's an old expression about war: "Victory has many fathers, while defeat is an orphan..."

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Iraqi thoughts

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Now that the Democrats suspect that the U.S. is not only not losing Iraq, but may well “win”—victory being defined by stabilizing the country with a radical cessation of violence—expect the critique suddenly to morph as well...

Analysis and Commentary

Freedom, Even from Fear

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Monday, November 12, 2007

A civilization is won or lost by those who fight to protect it — and judged as deserving by the gratitude offered to its soldiers by those who were saved...

Analysis and Commentary

Dictators and Democrats

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Friday, November 9, 2007

I don’t think many Americans would argue that the answer for the sometimes lethargic elected Karzai government in Afghanistan should be a coup by a Pashtun warlord and his battle-hardened lieutenants...

In the News

Old and New Battles

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, November 9, 2007

Muslims are killing each other in Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan...

Analysis and Commentary

Oil Hydra

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, November 8, 2007

Oil is nearly $100 a barrel...

In the News

Pakistani Messes

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Sunday, November 4, 2007

It would be hard to think of a bigger mess than Pakistan: nuclear; half the population radically Islamic; vast sanctuaries for the architects of 9/11; a virulent anti-Americanism in which aid and military credits are demanded but never appreciated; dictatorship at odds with America’s professed support for Middle-East constitutional government-all the while doing little to hunt down al Qaeda while assuring us that the possible radical alternative, with some reason, is far worse...

Analysis and Commentary

Farming More Pork

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

The House this July passed another five-year, multi-billion-dollar farm-support bill...

Analysis and Commentary

What Kind of War Are We Fighting, and Can We Win It?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Commentary
Thursday, November 1, 2007

To mark the publication of Norman Podhoretz’s World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism (Doubleday), the editors of COMMENTARY addressed the following questions to a group of leading thinkers...

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