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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Our Modern ‘Satyricon’

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Sometime around A.D. 60, in the age of Emperor Nero, a Roman court insider named Gaius Petronius wrote a satirical Latin novel, “The Satyricon,” about moral corruption in Imperial Rome. The novel’s general landscape was Rome’s transition from an agrarian republic to a globalized multicultural superpower.

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Victor Davis Hanson On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his American Greatness article "Journalism is Dead—Long Live the Media!"

Interviews

Victor David Hanson On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson talks about his book The Case for Trump.

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China’s Brilliant, Insidious Strategy

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Chinese Communist government does not have so much a strategy to translate its economic ascendance into global hegemony as several strategies. All of them are brilliantly insidious.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson Makes 'The Case For Trump'

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Daily Signal
Monday, May 13, 2019

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

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Journalism Is Dead—Long Live The Media!

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, May 12, 2019

There still exists a physical media in the sense of airing current events. But it is not journalism as we once understood the disinterested reporting of the news. Journalism is now dead. The media lives on.

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Progressives Face A Bleak Post-Mueller Landscape

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Democrats have grown infuriated by Attorney General William Barr’s indifference to their hysteria over the Trump-Russia collusion narrative.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Progressive Anti-Semitism — And Why Now?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Jew-hatred has a natural home on the multicultural Left, and ‘woke’ culture demands that leftists hate anything Trump supports — especially Israel.

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Victor Davis Hanson on “The Case for Trump”

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, May 6, 2019

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Victor Davis Hanson analyzes the 2016 presidential election and the success of President Trump in his new book, The Case for Trump.

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Victor Davis Hanson On “The Case For Trump”

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, May 6, 2019

Victor Davis Hanson analyzes the 2016 presidential election and the success of President Trump in his new book, The Case for Trump.

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