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: Adam Schiff Prospers Inside The Star Chamber

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses Adam Schiff and the impeachment process.
Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California
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Is California Becoming Premodern?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, October 31, 2019

California is nearing the logical limits of progressive adventurism in policy and politics.

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Higher Education Is Churning Out ‘Woke And Broke Graduates’

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The College Fix
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A new column in National Review highlights how “Universities Breed Anger, Ignorance, and Ingratitude,” arguing institutions of higher education are churning out “woke and broke graduates.”

Analysis and CommentaryPolitics

Anatomy Of 2020: Weighing Issues, Candidates, And The State Of Our Union

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Impeachment, and then what?

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Our Bankrupt Nomenklatura

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, October 27, 2019

Take all the signature brand names that the Baby Boomers inherited from prior generations—Harvard, Yale, the New York Times, NPR, CNN, the Oscars, the NFL, the NBA, the FBI, the CIA, the Rockefeller and Ford foundations, and a host of others. And then ask whether they enhanced our diminished such inheritances?

InterviewsPolitics

Victor Davis Hanson On The Don Smith Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Don Smith Show
Saturday, October 26, 2019

(1:37:58) Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his book The Case for Trump, as well as President Trump's many accomplishments.

InterviewsPolitics

Victor Davis Hanson On The Ricochet Podcast: Civility And Humility

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Ricochet
Friday, October 25, 2019

(42:02) Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses attacks on President Trump.

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Victor Davis Hanson: The Woke And Broke Graduate, 2019. What Is To Be Done?

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "Universities Breed Anger, Ignorance, and Ingratitude."

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Our Untenable Alliance With Turkey

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Turkey opposes, if not detests, almost every American ally in the region, and befriends almost every U.S. enemy.

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Universities Breed Anger, Ignorance, And Ingratitude

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

In turning out woke and broke graduates, they have a lot to answer for.

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