Victor Davis Hanson

Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow
Awards and Honors:
Statesmanship Award from the Claremont Institute

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-three books, the latest of which is The Second World Wars (Basic Books), which was released in October 2017. His other books include 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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Analysis and Commentary

Slashing At The Shadows Of Trump

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Trump’s publicly well-received speech (we hope the Obama first-person singular continues to give way to the Trump first-person plural) did not register with his enemies, mostly progressives but some Never Trumpers as well. 


Hillary’s ‘Sure’ Victory Explains Most Everything

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Stretching or breaking the law on her behalf would have been rewarded by a President Clinton.


From Conspiracy Theories To Conspiracies

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Monday, January 29, 2018

Not all conspiracy theorists are unhinged paranoids—even when they insist there was a loosely organized if not sometimes incoherent effort to destroy Donald Trump’s candidacy beyond the bounds of “normal” politics and later a renewed and unprecedented endeavor to abort his presidency.

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The Russia Gambit

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 26, 2018

Vladimir Putin also could help US interests in Korea, but only if we play our own cards right. 


Will Unfinished Train Overpasses Become California’s Stonehenge?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, January 25, 2018

The misbegotten project, now stalling, should never have been started.


Trump's Midterm Known Unknowns

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Review
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

‘Shy’ Trump voters, a booming economy, consumer confidence, looming investigations, anti-Trump frenzy — all add up to uncertainty in the 2018 elections.


Mythologies Of Illegal Immigration

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, January 21, 2018

The illegal immigration debate has come to a head once again. Congress remains at an impasse over a temporary spending bill that Senate Democrats refuse to support unless it includes a provision that would allow several hundred thousand illegal aliens to remain in the United States without fear of deportation.

Analysis and Commentary

The Trillion-Dollar Chameleon

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Twenty years ago, no one had heard of either Facebook or Google, neither of which existed yet. For that matter, no one knew much about social media or search engines in general.

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Can Countries Make Themselves Great Again?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

History shows they can—but only if they return to their singular values.

Analysis and Commentary

President Nobama

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Trump is commonsensically undoing, piece by piece, the main components of Obama’s legacy.