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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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...

In the News

Bushophobia

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Tuesday, July 24, 2007

True, the Attorney General appeared as the proverbial deer in the headlights as he was hammered by the Democratic Senators of the Judiciary Committee...

Analysis and Commentary

Ripples of Retreat

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, July 20, 2007

The present Washington parlor game is to argue over the consequences of a precipitous withdrawal from Iraq...

Analysis and Commentary

All's Fair in Love and Talk Radio

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, July 19, 2007

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., caused a stir recently when she criticized talk radio for its role in stopping the recent immigration bill...

Analysis and Commentary

All's Fair in Love and Talk Radio

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, July 19, 2007

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., caused a stir recently when she criticized talk radio for its role in stopping the recent immigration bill....

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