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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A Woke Joe Biden Ends His Hibernation

by Victor Davis Hanson
Sunday, September 20, 2020

Will the return of the Democratic nominee preserve his fourth-quarter eroding lead?

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, September 18, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "The Same Old, Same Old California Suicide."

Victor Davis Hanson On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, September 18, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his American Greatness article "Biden, ‘The Great and Powerful’."

Featured

How American Journalism Died

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, September 17, 2020

In 2017, the liberal Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University found that 93 percent of CNN’s coverage of the Trump administration was negative. The center found similarly negative Trump coverage at other major news outlets.

In the News

Biden: The Man Who Wasn't There

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Patriot Post
Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Democrat presidential nominee is a propped up puppet of the radical Left.

Interviews

The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast: Only You Can Prevent Preventing Forest Fires

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses California aflame (and the close call of his home), the “un-news” media, President Trump’s Middle East foreign-policy wins, the presidential horserace 47 days out, the big-money Left planning and bankrolling post-election violence, and tensions between Greece and Turkey.

Analysis and Commentary

The Same Old, Same Old California Suicide

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Tech titans and Bay Area Bourbons grow rich, the middle class flees, forests burn.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson Argues Biden Is Being ‘Held Hostage’ By His Own Party

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Monday, September 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses presidential nominee Joe Biden and Hanson thinks Biden is being held hostage by the Democrats as a political strategy.

The Classicist with Victor Davis Hanson:
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The Classicist: Descent Into Tribalism

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Monday, September 14, 2020

How the chaos of 2020 threatens to sever the ties that bind Americans together.

FeaturedPolitics

Biden, ‘The Great And Powerful’

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, September 13, 2020

For now Joe Biden’s best hope is that some Emerald City media lackey does not play the role of the tiny dog Toto, rip away the curtain, and reveal the tiny man and his machinery behind the projection.

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