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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In the News

Defeat and Flight from Iraq

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, July 16, 2007

There is a growing call for immediate withdrawal from Iraq with the assumption that the ensuing chaos would be manageable....

Analysis and Commentary

The New York Times Surrenders

by Victor Davis Hansonvia City Journal
Thursday, July 12, 2007

On July 8, the New York Times ran an historic editorial entitled “The Road Home,” demanding an immediate American withdrawal from Iraq....

Analysis and Commentary

Upside-down politics in the Middle East

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Jimmy Carter - a self-proclaimed champion of human rights and nonviolence - has called the U.S.'s unwillingness to accept the 2006 Palestinian election of the terrorists of Hamas "criminal." ...

Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow

Victor Davis Hanson: Illegal Immigration

with Victor Davis Hansonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Victor Davis Hanson speaks on Illegal Immigration Legislation: Reform or Regression?

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War and Peace, Peace and War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, July 8, 2007

Last week’s war-on-terror reports were blood-curdling: the Thyestean feast reported by Michael Yon, albeit second-hand, of al Qaeda in Iraq apparently serving up a son for lunch to his parents; the Johnny Torch image of the bomber in Glasgow still shrieking to Allah as he tried to ignite his gas cargo; the destruction of men, women, and children—and, Mycallesus-like, animals as well—in an Iraqi village...

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Blissfully Uneducated

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American
Friday, July 6, 2007

Is “ho”—the rapper slang for the slur “whore”—a bad word?

Analysis and Commentary

Virtual War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, July 6, 2007

We are in a collective Animal Farm...

Analysis and Commentary

The Revolt on Illegal Immigration

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, July 5, 2007

After the utter collapse in the Senate last week of a comprehensive immigration bill, Washington insiders are blaming everyone and everything...

Analysis and Commentary

The Real Threat to Civil Liberties

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Monday, July 2, 2007

A common liberal complaint against the Bush administration is its supposed trampling of civil liberties....

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A World in Flux

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, June 29, 2007

The President never understood why so many Americans were furious about the bill—witness the administration’s condescension toward, and abuse of, its critics....