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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Tech Censorship, Media Malpractice, And Woke Icons, With Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Megyn Kelly Show
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses tech censorship and the rise of "woke icons" in America, harassment of Senator Sinema by the progressive left, the possibility of prosecuting parents over school board incidents, Dr. Fauci's failures, the downfall of Ozy Media and Carlos Watson, and more.

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Victor Davis Hanson: The Dangerous, Diminishing Power Of The Independent American Citizen

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Citizens are becoming inert, as radical ideas take root that our Founders never envisioned.

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Victor Davis Hanson Warns Of Dire Consequences Of Open Borders, Illegal Immigration

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses Biden's border policies, and says the Democratic Party's full-scale open borders agenda will not affect those elites who are engineering it.

Analysis and Commentary

Can America Survive Progressives’ Attacks On Its Origins And Values?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The New York Post
Monday, October 4, 2021

Over the last two years, progressive critics have casually attacked the origins, nature and values of American society. Is the idea of America so indestructible that it can weather any assault?

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Victor Davis Hanson On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, October 4, 2021

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses some of the myths of WWII. Part 2 of the interview is available here.

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The Bookmonger: The Dying Citizen By Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Monday, October 4, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his new book The Dying Citizen: How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Destroying the Idea of America.

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Our Woke National Icons

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, October 3, 2021

As we watch events unfold in 2021, obvious questions about the fitness of our national leaders present themselves. Who are these new woke national icons and how did they come to lord it over the rest of us? Here are some observations by way of preliminary explanation.

Columns in the Precinct of the Priest of Poseidon, Delos, Greece
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When There Were Giants: Three Great Classicists

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The New Criterion
Friday, October 1, 2021

Classics is not just an abstraction of values, legacies, literature, and history. Whether it comes alive or stays moribund in the modern age hinges on the success or failure of classicists in the classroom, in public fora, and in print. 

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Victor Davis Hanson On Fox News: Economic Collapse

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Thursday, September 30, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson says the US will risk becoming Venezuela or Cuba in the long-run if the Democrats succeed in passing their $3.5 trillion plus economic overhaul they are dubbing "human infrastructure."

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