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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Mad Farmers, Iranians, and Just About Everybody Else

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Democrats’ bill to strangle the war effort is loaded with give-aways to ‘farmers...'

In the News

Left vs. Right, East vs. West, Spartan vs. Theban

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, March 16, 2007

Valeria Plame’s sermon under oath about the virtues of CIA employees eschewing ideology and politics was laughable...

Analysis and Commentary

Can Gen. Petraeus Turn War in Iraq Around?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, March 15, 2007

The verdict on four years of fighting in Iraq hinges on the events of the next few months...

Analysis and Commentary

Bipartisan Hypocrisy

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, March 8, 2007

Recently, several conservative politicians, moralists and evangelicals have been embroiled in scandal...

In the News

Scooter Libby By The Numbers

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, March 7, 2007

You try to think of the right adjective—Kafkaesque, Orwellian, surreal?—to describe the Libby fiasco...

In the News

Last Night at the 300

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Tuesday, March 6, 2007

I went to the Hollywood Premier of the "300" last night, and talked a bit with Director Zack Snyder, screenwriter Kurt Johnstad, and graphic novelist Frank Miller...

Analysis and Commentary

Anatomy of Iraq

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, March 2, 2007

It’s make it or break it in Iraq in 2007...

In the News

The Greeks, The War, and Everything Else

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, March 2, 2007

My daughter and son and I are going to the premier of the 300 this Monday in Hollywood...

Analysis and Commentary

Iraq War Recalls Past U.S. Conflicts, Controversies

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, March 1, 2007

Given all of this country's past wars involving intelligence failures, tactical and strategic blunders, congressional fights and popular anger at the president, Iraq and the rising furor over it are hardly unusual...

Analysis and Commentary

Opposing view: Don't negotiate with pariahs

by Victor Davis Hansonvia USA Today
Thursday, March 1, 2007

America should attend regional talks that may include Syria and Iran, in support of stabilizing the democracy in Iraq...

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