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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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...

Analysis and Commentary

Winning Ugly

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Monday, October 1, 2007

There is no need to review the now common judgment on the Iraqi war as a fiasco, quagmire, or “worst” something or other in American history...

In the News

War, then and now

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Tuesday, September 25, 2007

I’ve been watching the Ken Burns’ film each night, and generally think, as a sociological exploration of race, class, and gender issues during wartime, it is excellent...

In the News

Such a Strange Place, Academia

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Thursday, September 20, 2007

It is likely (a) that Ahmadinejad was one of the terrorists who took American hostages in 1979, and so helped to start the quarter-century rise of radical Islamic jihadism that blew up on September 11; and (b) that he wants to visit September 11 precisely for the purpose of boasting when back home “I am going there, because I can,” the subtext, if not the overt message, cynically to commemorate what we deserved...

Analysis and Commentary

What Does Bin Laden Want?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, September 20, 2007

We’ve been arguing over al Qaeda’s aims since before 9/11...

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