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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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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The Classicist: The Revolution Eats Its Own

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The protest movement has unleashed an ideological zeal the Left can no longer control.

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Victor Davis Hanson - Sometimes Retired Generals Are Deified

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Lars Larson Show
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "Not-So-Retiring Retired Military Leaders."

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Victor Davis Hanson On The Eric Metaxas Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Eric Metaxas Show
Tuesday, June 9, 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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10 Rules For Postmodern Rioting

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, June 7, 2020

Is it deemed more or less evil to wear a mask while hitting a store owner over the head with a two-by-four?

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Not-So-Retiring Retired Military Leaders

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Sunday, June 7, 2020

In a time of crisis, their synchronized chorus of complaints, falsehoods, and partisan appeals to resistance threaten the very constitutional order they claim to revere.

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Remembering D-Day

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Saturday, June 6, 2020

D-Day was the largest amphibious invasion in history since King Xerxes’ 480 bc combined sea and land descent into Greece. The Americans, especially General George Marshall, had wanted to invade France as early as spring 1943, still confident from their World War I experience that they could land easily in France and within a year push back the German army to end the war. The British and their Dominions, mindful of disasters from the Somme to Dunkirk and Dieppe, were reluctant to land in France even in 1944. 

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Victor Davis Hanson: China’s Aggression Means To Replace Trump With Biden

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "China Isn’t Letting a Pandemic Go to Waste."

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Victor Davis Hanson: The Mysterious Mr Biden: His Weakness Is His Strength

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "Biden as Paradox."

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