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-three books, the latest of which is The Second World Wars (Basic Books), which was released in October 2017. His other books include 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

Is Trump Really Crazy?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Monday, January 8, 2018

Michael Wolff’s sensational exposé of the supposed chaos of the Trump White House is no doubt largely a mix of fantasy, exaggeration, and some accidental truth. The postmodernist author even admits that his own methodologies defy verification, and so leave it up to the reader to distinguish his facts from fiction.


Will Nuclear North Korea Survive 2018?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Given several rapidly developing geopolitical factors, North Korea may look much different by the end of the new year.


The Great Experiment

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

We’ve gone from hard left, under Obama, to hard right, under Trump. Judge the ideologies by their results.

Analysis and Commentary

Nagging Questions For The Special Counselors ...

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Sunday, December 31, 2017

1) If the FISA Court orders to explore the purported Trump-Russian collusion were predicated on phony Steele/Fusion GPS documents and suppositions that prove largely untrue (Comey himself testified under oath that he could not verify their contents), then are subsequent transcripts of court-approved surveilled conversations somewhat poisoned? 

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A New Year's Toast To The Old Breed

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, December 31, 2017

The veterans of World War II gave us a far better world than they inherited. 

Analysis and Commentary

Civilization’s ‘Darkest Hour’ Hits The Silver Screen

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, December 28, 2017

A masterful new film shows how Churchill saved the world from Nazi Germany in May of 1940.


The Bigmouth Tradition Of American Leadership

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

America has always enjoyed two antithetical traditions in its political and military heroes. The preferred style is the reticent, sober, and competent executive planner as president or general, from Herbert Hoover to Gerald Ford to Jimmy Carter.

Analysis and Commentary

Criticisms Of Comey And Mueller Aren’t ‘Character Assassination’

by Victor Davis Hansonmentioning Peter Berkowitzvia National Review
Sunday, December 24, 2017

In his efforts to refute Charles Cooke’s recent exposé of Jennifer Rubin, I was surprised to see David Frum, in passing, attack my Hoover colleague, legal scholar Peter Berkowitz (a “Sean Hannity–style character assassination of James Comey and Special Counsel Robert Mueller”), for suggesting, in a prescient October WSJ opinion column, that the Mueller investigation into Russian collusion may well be ethically compromised (in its zeal to go after those not accused of collusion)—in even greater fashion than was the Comey investigation of Hillary Clinton (in its absence of zeal to indict for clear violations of U.S. intelligence law).


Christmas Lessons From California

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Nature this year is predictably not cooperating with California. Rarely has such a naturally rich and scenic region become so mismanaged by so many creative and well-intentioned people.


Is Trump An Island?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Review
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

If Trump would let his deeds speak for themselves, he would quiet his enemies far more than he does with Twitter broadsides.