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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Victor Davis Hanson On The John Batchelor Show (Part 3 Of 4)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, August 24, 2019
(Part 3) Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson explores key facets of warfare, strategy, and foreign policy in the Greco-Roman world.
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Victor Davis Hanson On The John Batchelor Show (Part 4 Of 4)

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

(Part 4) Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson explores key facets of warfare, strategy, and foreign policy in the Greco-Roman world.

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Victor Davis Hanson On The Howie Carr Show (18:43)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Howie Carr Show
Thursday, August 22, 2019

(18:43) Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "Progressive Democrats Renounce Their Former Selves."

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Victor Davis Hanson: What Could Sink Trump’s Chances In 2020?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Thursday, August 22, 2019

What factors usually reelect or throw out incumbent presidents? The economy counts most. Recessions, or at least chronic economic pessimism, sink incumbents. Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush were tagged with sluggish growth, high unemployment and a sense of perceived stagnation — and were easily defeated.

Analysis and Commentary

Progressive Democrats Renounce Their Former Selves

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Not long ago, the current presidential contenders opposed open borders, sanctuary cities, and federal funding for abortion. Now they can’t move left far and fast enough.

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Cosmic Injustice

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, August 18, 2019

Politicians ignore felonies in their midst, preferring to hector the misdemeanors of the universe.

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Victor Davis Hanson On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "How Robert O’Rourke Became ‘Beto’."

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The German–Soviet Non-Aggression Pact: A Bad Deal, 80 Years Ago

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Hitler–Stalin alliance upset the balance of power and undermined military deterrence. The rest is history.

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Victor Davis Hanson: Democrats Won’t Condemn ICE Facility Shootings Because They Could ‘Spike Illegal Immigration Up’

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Daily Caller
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the attacks on ICE facilities.

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With The Old Breed

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Claremont Review of Books
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

In the world of ancient Greece and Rome, collective reverence for the war dead helped explain why hoplites and legionaries fought so fiercely.

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