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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Victor Davis Hanson On The Eric Metaxas Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Eric Metaxas Show
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson dissects and explains the deeper meaning of the protests that are being used to fundamentally transform this country using tactics closer to the French revolution than the American one.

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Not-So-Swift Smear

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

I recently wrote about a number of retired high-ranking generals and admirals, none running for office or currently serving in the Trump administration, whose strident criticisms of the present elected president were setting an unfortunate precedent.

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Class, Not Race, Divides America

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, June 14, 2020

It is the truth that the white progressive dares not to utter.

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Victor Davis Hanson: Disorder In Blue & What Is To Be Done?

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, June 11, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "The Bitter Irony of Revolutions."

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Victor Davis Hanson: D-Day' Risk And Sacrifice Were For This Disregard In 2020?

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, June 11, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "Remembering D-Day."

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Victor Davis Hanson: Should We Let The Radicals Take Control?

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia America First with Sebastian Gorka
Thursday, June 11, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses Antifa and how much power they have in the US.

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Victor Davis Hanson: Petraeus Is Virtue Signaling To The Mob On Renaming Military Bases

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Breitbart
Thursday, June 11, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses retired U.S. Army General and former CIA Director David Petraeus’s call for removing the names of Confederate figures from U.S. military bases.

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On Name Changing And Statue Toppling

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, June 11, 2020

General David Petraeus wrote an impassioned article in the Atlantic this week about the need to change the names of military bases that for over a century have been named after Confederate generals and to recalibrate iconic remembrances such as statues commemorating Robert E. Lee at West Point — points of reference he reminds us that have been central in his own experience and career.

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The Bitter Irony Of Revolutions

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, June 11, 2020

As these natural and mandate catastrophes continue, we see raw human nature stripped of its pretenses.

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Victor Davis Hanson Warns Protest Leaders: 'Today's Revolutionary Becomes Tomorrow's Counter-Revolutionary'

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson notes that the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement has parallels to other mass movements throughout history, including the French Revolution, and the Cultural Revolution in Communist China.

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