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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Recent Commentary

In the News

The Current Scene

by Victor Davis Hanson with H. R. McMastervia Works and Days
Saturday, October 20, 2007

The idea that democratization can help the stagnant Middle East is now moribund and slurred as a neo-con conspiracy or worse...

Signs of Hope

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 18, 2007

Violence is taking its toll on America’s enemies, too—and the final outcome in Iraq, Iran, and Palestine may still be better than anyone now expects. By Victor Davis Hanson.

Analysis and Commentary

Whose Congress Are They Anyway?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, October 18, 2007

The president establishes American foreign policy and is commander-in-chief...

In the News

The Chains of the Past

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, October 14, 2007

The end of the raisin harvest this year—I have rented out my vineyard to a neighbor the last several years—reminds me that a traditional Thompson vineyard is probably doomed...

Analysis and Commentary

Newsworthy Reconsidered

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, October 12, 2007

Which of these two do we Americans know anything about?

Analysis and Commentary

A Changing Iraq

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, October 11, 2007

Iraq for most Americans is now a toxic subject — best either ignored or largely evoked to blame someone for something in the past...

In the News

Iraqi Impressions—Final Part III

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The number of vehicles, arms, bases, and American infrastructure in Iraq is staggering...

In the News

Iraqi Questions

by Victor Davis Hanson with H. R. McMastervia Corner (National Review Online)
Tuesday, October 9, 2007

I think Rich Lowry would agree that we both had an informative week in Iraq in and around Baghdad, Anbar, and Diyala...

In the News

Observations about the war

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, October 6, 2007

I just returned to Kuwait, and have been in Iraq visiting forward operating bases in Anbar and Diyala provinces, as well as suburbs of Baghdad the last week, hence the recent silence on this blog given sporadic internet facilities in Iraq...

Analysis and Commentary

Charge It! America

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, October 4, 2007

President Bush's current approval ratings are about 32 percent...