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

Refighting the War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Commentary
Thursday, June 1, 2006

Ten years ago, Michael R. Gordon of the New York Times and the retired General Bernard Trainor wrote a critically acclaimed revisionist history of the first Gulf war…

Analysis and Commentary

Looking Back at Iraq

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, May 26, 2006

There may be a lot to regret about the past policy of the United States in the Middle East, but the removal of Saddam Hussein and the effort to birth democracy in his place is surely not one of them…

Analysis and Commentary

Our Brave New World of Immigration

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, May 25, 2006

In the dark of these rural spring mornings, I see full vans of Mexican laborers speeding by my farmhouse on their way to the western side of California's San Joaquin Valley to do the backbreaking work of weeding cotton, thinning tree fruit and picking strawberries…

Analysis and Commentary


by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, May 19, 2006

How does the United States deal with a corrupt world in which we are blamed even for the good we do, while others are praised when they do wrong or remain indifferent to suffering…

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by Taylor Jones for the Hoover Digest

The End of Days

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 30, 2006

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may seem absurd, but his apocalyptic worldview is deadly serious. We ignore his "war of destiny" at our peril. By Victor Davis Hanson.

Illustration by Taylor Jones for Hoover Digest

What Ancient History Tells Us about the War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 30, 2006

What the war between democratic Athens and oligarchic Sparta tells us about the war between us and the terrorists. A cautionary tale (Athens lost). By Victor Davis Hanson.

The Meaning of the French Riots

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

France suffers from a more advanced case of ethnic Balkanization than does the United States, but the disease is evident in this country as well. How to treat it? By returning to the “ideal of a multiracial society under the inclusive aegis of Western culture.” By Victor Davis Hanson.

The New Realism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

We’ve removed Saddam Hussein, established a democratic government in Iraq, and transformed the dynamics of the Middle East. “Muscular idealism is the new American realism.” By Victor Davis Hanson.

In-Your-Sleep Moralizing

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, October 30, 2005

The United States may make an easy target for Amnesty International, the United Nations, and the Europeans. But it’s our military that protects Western civilization. By Victor Davis Hanson.

Why We Must Stay

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, July 30, 2005

Why the war in Iraq is not like the war in Vietnam—and why the present conflict must not be permitted to end the way the former conflict ended. By Victor Davis Hanson.