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

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...

Analysis and Commentary

Doomsday Debunked

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Something quite strange is happening: Despite all the bad news about the Middle East from the European and American media, things actually seem to be improving...

In the News

Middle East and Midwest

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Tuesday, September 18, 2007

What are we to make of these reoccurring stories of various weapons of mass destruction incidents in Syria, whether the accident in July of Iranians and Syrians arming Scud missiles with mustard (or sarin?) gas, or recent Syrian nuclear depositories being bombed by Israelis...

Analysis and Commentary

Addressing the Address

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Thursday, September 13, 2007

Everyone expected a September do-or-die showdown over our presence in Iraq; but the good news from the surge and the absolutely insane, suicidal Democratic attacks against the best in our military have given the president another six months...

In the News

Another Tet?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Thursday, September 13, 2007

Here we are nearly 40 years after Tet—and from the Left instead of Gen. Waste-more-land we have Gen. Betray Us...

Analysis and Commentary

Looking for Scapegoat, World Again Turns to Jews

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, September 13, 2007

Antisemitism never dies...

Analysis and Commentary

Lessons in War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Tuesday, September 11, 2007

On that day, we watched tape of the doomed in suits diving head first from the burning floors, hoping to splatter on roofs rather than crush and kill incoming firefighters — as some tragically did...

Analysis and Commentary

Why It’s So Hard to Win

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American
Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Is it five or ten—or fifteen—years that are necessary to win wars of counterinsurgency such as Iraq?

In the News

Surge Politics, Analogies, and Bin Laden

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Thursday, September 6, 2007

Mainstream Congressional leaders: While the surge may have temporary success, it cannot equate to strategic stability...

Analysis and Commentary

The Eye of the 9/11 Storm

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, September 6, 2007

Another anniversary of 9/11 is near...

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