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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The Burdens of General Petraeus

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, August 17, 2007

Several governments have defeated Islamic insurgencies, but usually only after about ten years, and adopting policies of summary executions and carpet bombing or shelling...

Analysis and Commentary

No More Anonymous, Please!

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, August 16, 2007

The New Republic magazine recently ran into big trouble for publishing a first-person account of military savagery in Iraq...

In the News

Our Silly Modern World

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, August 12, 2007

Someone just asked me that at a reception the other night, wondering why anyone would prefer to write a book on the Peloponnesian War rather than something more modern and readable...

Analysis and Commentary

Surging Politics

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, August 9, 2007

Critics of the U.S. troop "surge" in Iraq, called for by President George Bush in January, early on cited American losses and then announced the plan's failure...

Analysis and Commentary

Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson: Popularity Contest

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, August 3, 2007

The latest Pew poll of June 2007 purports to offer a comprehensive survey of what the world thinks of the United States...

Analysis and Commentary

Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson: Grow Up, Middle East!

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, August 2, 2007

Radical Islamists love to scream about the "decadent" West...

In the News

What Do They Want In Iraq?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, August 1, 2007

The problem with opposition senators like Obama running for President calling for tough military action—in this case going into Pakistan—is twofold: he has no fides after wanting to get out asap from Iraq and opposing much of the post 9/11 legislation that has helped to keep us safe...

Analysis and Commentary

Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson: Turning Point?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

What is interesting about the essay is that both scholars were early supporters of the war to remove Saddam Hussein, then constant critics of the acknowledged mistakes of the occupation, and now somewhat confident that Gen. Petraeus can still salvage a victory...

Analysis and Commentary

Back to the Future in the Middle East?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, July 26, 2007

If Gen. David Petraeus can't stabilize Iraq by autumn - or if Americans decide to pull out of Iraq before he gets a fair chance - expect far worse chaos eventually to follow...

Analysis and Commentary

Suicide Reversal? - An NRO Symposium

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Thursday, July 26, 2007

On Tuesday, Pew released a poll indicating that support for suicide bombings is on the decline in the Muslim world, among other things...

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