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 Classicist with Victor Davis Hanson:
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The Classicist: Versailles At 100

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

How the treaty that ended World War I shaped the modern world — and why it’s so often misunderstood.

In the News

Expert Predicts Up To 25 Percent Of American Colleges Will Close In Next Two Decades

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Legal Insurrection
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

“They’re going to close, they’re going to merge, some will declare some form of bankruptcy to reinvent themselves. It’s going to be brutal across American higher education.”

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Israel’s Good And Bad New Realities

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

New alliances with Arab nations are positive but unstable, and old enemies are most dangerous when in a weakened state.

Stanford Oval
Analysis and Commentary

From Icon To Just A Con

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, September 1, 2019

The damage that the modern university has wrought has now outweighed its once-positive role.

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Why Are So Many Young People Calling Themselves Socialists?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Thursday, August 29, 2019

“Socialist!” is no longer a McCarthyite slur. Rather, the fresh celebrity “Squad” of newly elected identity-politics congresswomen – Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; – often either claim to be socialists or embrace socialist ideas.

The Classicist with Victor Davis Hanson:
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The Classicist: Germany, The Soviet Union, And The Pact That Shaped World War II

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Reflections on the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, 80 years later.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump — Or What, Exactly?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Let’s compare Trump’s policies and behavior to that of prior presidents — and to his 2020 opponents’.

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The Mythical Trump Hydra

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, August 25, 2019

Many are the hissing heads of the polycephalic Donald Trump—at least according to the progressive Left and the NeverTrump Right, who see the president of the United States as some sort of mythical nightmare. Here are a few of his supposedly monstrous manifestations.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1 Of 4)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, August 24, 2019

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson explores key facets of warfare, strategy, and foreign policy in the Greco-Roman world.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2 Of 4)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, August 24, 2019
(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson explores key facets of warfare, strategy, and foreign policy in the Greco-Roman world.

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