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 Middle East Won't Be California

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, February 11, 2007

February starts spring out here...

Analysis and Commentary

America the Blameworthy

by Victor Davis Hanson with Dinesh D’Souzavia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, February 8, 2007

After 9/11, many leftists cited American faults that supposedly accounted for Osama bin Laden's savage attack...

Analysis and Commentary

Give Petraeus a Chance

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, February 6, 2007

The haggling over various resolutions and nit-picking (inasmuch as no one is seriously going to cut off funding) the surge is surreal...

Analysis and Commentary

The Disaster That Is 'Mexifornia' Turns Out Worse Than Predicted

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Investor's Business Daily
Tuesday, February 6, 2007

n the spring of 2002, I wrote an essay about growing up in California's San Joaquin Valley and witnessing firsthand, especially over the last 20...

In the News

What Readers Wrote, Posted, and Called About

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Tuesday, February 6, 2007

In this posting I will try to address several themes raised by the commentators here in the last few weeks...

Analysis and Commentary

Hedging on Iraq

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, February 2, 2007

For all the talk of cutting off funds, redeployment, and pulling out, the new Democratic Congress will, at least for now, probably do nothing except speak impassioned words and make implicit threats. Here’s why...

Analysis and Commentary

The Ugly American

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

Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic candidate for president, is at it again with another rude gaffe, this one providing an unintended glimpse of the way many contemporary cosmopolitan elites characterize their homeland when abroad...

Analysis and Commentary

A Classicist's Works and Days

by Victor Davis Hansonvia New York Sun
Wednesday, January 31, 2007

There is something incongruous about the study of Greek and Latin and the dirty life of the farmer...

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How I Spent My Libyan Vacation

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Libya at last seems to be emerging, if fitfully, from a long sleep of unreason. A travelogue from a formerly lunatic land. By Victor Davis Hanson.

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The Surge Gamble

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

If the more than 20,000 new troops we're sending to Iraq succeed in bringing about a new approach on the battlefield, then the surge will have been worthwhile. By Victor Davis Hanson.

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