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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Allen Estrin, Michael New, Victor Davis Hanson, James Hirsen

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Family Research Council
Friday, July 12, 2019

(27:07) Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his American Greatness article "Democratic Candidates Aren’t on a Winning Track."

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What Is The Meaning Of Your American Citizenship?

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses citizenship and the census question.
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Victor Davis Hanson: "A Western Globalized Phenomenon That Citizenship Doesn't Mean Much Anymore"

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the citizenship question on the census.

Analysis and Commentary

Democratic Candidates Are Running A Race Of Inauthenticity

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

An epidemic of false identities, massaged resumes and warped ancestries has broken out among the current Democratic presidential primary candidates.

Analysis and Commentary

A Modest Immigration Proposal

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

College campuses have lots of empty housing during the summer. Proudly progressive institutions such as Harvard, Yale, and Stanford should welcome illegal immigrants.

Analysis and Commentary

Would President Joe Biden Become 25th Amendment Material?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, July 7, 2019

I speculate only because since January 2017 our popular culture and intelligentsia have suggested President Trump is crazy and should be removed under the 25th Amendment. Apparently, accusations about the mental health of presidents and would-be presidents are now legitimate political attack strategies under the new progressive rules.

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Democratic Candidates Aren’t On A Winning Track

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Presidential candidates from both parties usually sound hard-core in the primaries to appeal to their progressive or conservative bases. But for the general election, the nominees move to the center to pick off swing voters and centrist independents.

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Iran And The Levers Of Global Power

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Vis-à-vis Tehran, Trump has more choices than previous presidents have had, partly because the U.S. is now the world’s largest producer of oil and gas.

Analysis and Commentary

The Anti-Trump Circus

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, June 30, 2019

We are now in the fourth year of an anti-Trump mania, and about reaching the point of caricature.

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Victor Davis Hanson: 2020 Democratic Candidates Take Aim At Joe Biden During Debate

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the Democrat's debates.

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