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-three books, the latest of which is The Second World Wars (Basic Books), which was released in October 2017. His other books include 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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A Strange War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, July 21, 2006

Sum up the declarations of Hezbollah's leaders, Syrian diplomats, Iranian nuts, West Bank terrorists, and Arab commentators — and this latest Middle East war seems one of the strangest in a long history of strange conflicts…

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With volatility in Middle East, West is running out of options

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, July 20, 2006

The conventional wisdom is that the United States is so tied down that it can't do much about the rocket attacks on Israel, the blatant sponsorship of terrorists by Iran and Syria , or the Iranian nuclear program…

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Has Bush — or the World — Changed?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, July 14, 2006

There is as much relief from realists as there is disappointment from neo-Wilsonians over a perceived change in U.S. foreign policy — what Time magazine clumsily dubbed “The End of Cowboy Diplomacy…

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Instead of giving excuses, give us facts

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, July 13, 2006

The Bush administration should stop repeating that it is fighting the war on terror for truth, justice and the American way…

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What’s behind the dislike of Israel?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Since Israeli settlers withdrew from Gaza in 2005, Palestinian terrorists have replied by consistently shooting homemade Qassam rockets at civilian targets inside Israel…

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The Israel enigma

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Saturday, July 8, 2006

What explains most of the world's dislike of Israel…

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The subtext of war

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, July 7, 2006

Throughout this war there are various truths generally recognized, but rarely voiced…

Analysis and Commentary

Why the Democrats won't win

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Will President Bush's current unpopularity translate into a Democratic recapture of either the House or Senate this fall - or a victory in the 2008 presidential election…

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Winning the Iraq Wars

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, June 30, 2006

The present fighting is part of a fourth war for Iraq: Gulf War I, the twelve years of no-fly zones, the three-week war in 2003, and now the three-year-old insurrection that followed the removal of Saddam Hussein…

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Europeans overlook their own lapses while condemning U.S.

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, June 29, 2006

When President Bush arrived in Vienna last week, protesters bore ``World's No. 1 Terrorist'' signs while chanting ``We will, we will fight Bush…

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