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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In the News

Judicial Watch Sues For 'Dossier' Communications Among Clapper, Brennan, And CNN

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia CNS News
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The government watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday, seeking all records of communication about the Clinton-DNC-financed Trump "dossier" among former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan, and the cable news outlet CNN.

In the News

Mueller Knew There Was No Collusion From The Start

mentioning Victor Davis Hansonvia Rush Limbaugh Show
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Victor Davis Hanson a great piece on this I think yesterday at National Review or… Yeah. Think it's National Review. Anyway, imagine if Hillary wins.

Featured

Proposed Voting Changes Are About Power, Not Principles

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Progressive candidates and new Democratic representatives have offered lots of radical new proposals lately about voting and voters. They include scrapping the 215-year-old Electoral College. Progressives also talk of extending the vote to 16- or 17-year-olds and ex-felons. They wish to further relax requirements for voter identification, same-day registration and voting, and undocumented immigrants voting in local elections.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson: Are Single Family Homes Racist? (1:03:30)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Stacy on the Right (American Family Radio)
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his recent book The Case for Trump.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson At Home

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Whiskey Politics (Ricochet)
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses The Bulwark, John McCain, George Bush, Bill Kristol, Mueller report, Deep State, China, Israel, antisemitism, journalism, white privilege, the Democrats, “new demography,” New Zealand, reparations, and his latest book The Case For Trump.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson: 'Special Report' Panel: President Trump Claims Vindication Over Mueller Report Findings

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the Mueller investigation and report, and Attorney General William Barr's summary of the report.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson: Mueller Had Dream Team Of Lawyers And Couldn't Come Up With Trump-Russia Collusion

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson provides analysis on the conclusion of the Mueller probe.

Analysis and Commentary

The Late, Not-So-Great Mueller Investigation

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Had Hillary Clinton just won the 2016 election, there would have been neither a Mueller investigation nor much talk of Russian collusion.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson: The Case For Trump

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Dom Giordano Program
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his recent book The Case for Trump, as well as his thoughts on the Mueller report.

In the News

John Brennan Denies Blame For Calling Trump A ‘Traitor,’ Says ‘I Received Bad Information’

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia American Thinker
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The man who used to run the CIA, and lost his job when Donald Trump took office, did a huge amount of damage to the United States by calling the sitting president a traitor. Because of his presumed access to information unavailable to the public, many foreign leaders had reason to believe that they could resist the demands and requests of President Trump by simply outlasting him in office. Think Kim Jong un, Xi Jin ping, Angela Merkel, and of course Vladimir Putin for starters.

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