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 Politics of Surging

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, January 29, 2007

In all the shouting about a lost presidency and the Bush disaster, few pay attention to actual facts, much less the always changing state of the union...

Analysis and Commentary

How Will Illegal Immigration End?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, January 25, 2007

We hear all sorts of solutions for ending illegal immigration...

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State Of The Union

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Tuesday, January 23, 2007

I spoke on campuses recently and listened to a number of students discuss issues of immigration, national identify, and the old race/class/gender conundrum...

Analysis and Commentary

If We Fail…

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, January 19, 2007

Most Americans accept that if the United States cannot stabilize Iraq, and, in frustration and acrimony, withdraws in defeat, crises follow...

Analysis and Commentary

Anti-American Rhetoric vs. Reality

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

When Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman pulled up to Savannah, Ga., after his legendary March to the Sea in December 1864, he was savagely slandered in the Southern press as a renegade leader of a "vandal horde..."

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Prosecutors to Actors?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, January 17, 2007

I doubt the average American is in much danger from some out-of-control government sleuth sending him to the Gulag, or putting her in a camp, or even reading his email...

Analysis and Commentary

Saddam & The Paralyzed Int'l Community

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, January 16, 2007

International outrage last month followed the grisly execution of Saddam Hussein...

Analysis and Commentary

The Road Most Traveled

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, January 16, 2007

There are three possible paths in Iraq, and it is now clear which one the Democrat leadership prefers...

In the News

War? - What War?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, January 12, 2007

I have learned a great deal reading the responses to these essays, and often try to predicate the next entry on the concerns of the readers...

Analysis and Commentary

Global Schizophrenia

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

When it comes to intervening in international affairs, the United States is damned when it does and damned when it doesn't...

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