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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Analysis and Commentary

Iraq, and the Truth We Dare Not Speak

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, April 27, 2007

Not long ago I talked to a right-wing hardnosed fellow in a conservative central California town about the need to stay and finish the task of stabilizing the democracy in Iraq and rectifying the disastrous aftermath of 1991...

In the News

Don't Give Up

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Thursday, April 26, 2007

Sometimes no comment is needed...

Analysis and Commentary

Is the War on Terror Over?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, April 26, 2007

Do we still need to fight a war on terror?

Beyond Iraq

with Victor Davis Hansonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Victor Davis Hanson speaks about Iraq and beyond. This event was part of the Hoover Institution's Spring Retreat 2007.

In the News

Crazy Campuses

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, April 20, 2007

Houston Baker, the Duke faculty member who wrote the appalling letter about the alleged rape, got rewarded with a job offer at Vanderbilt where he is now distinguished professor...

Analysis and Commentary

Imus, Nifong Meet Their Match in God Nemesis

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, April 19, 2007

In the past week, Don Imus was fired, all charges against the Duke University lacrosse players were dropped, and almost everyone has offered a sermon about the racial and class issues involved in both cases...

Analysis and Commentary

Iraqi Blowback

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Monday, April 16, 2007

Explaining why Paul Wolfowitz is a travesty and Sandy Berger is a snooze...

In the News

The War, Here and Abroad, Goes On

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, April 14, 2007

The worst thing about the global oil spike brought on by increased consumption is not worries over global warming, or the idea that the United States is not “energy independent” (Japan does not overly worry that it must rely on others for food), but that our thirst has driven up the world price—and with it the importance of the Middle East while sending half-a-trillion dollars in petroprofits to a primordial region...

Analysis and Commentary

The Postwest

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, April 13, 2007

I recently had a dream that British marines fought back, like their forefathers of old, against criminals and pirates...

Analysis and Commentary

It's the Oil, Stupid

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, April 12, 2007

It is usually silly to offer a single solution to complex problems. But it's hard not to when looking at the serial savagery in Iran and the Arab world...