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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Universities Breed Anger, Ignorance, And Ingratitude

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

In turning out woke and broke graduates, they have a lot to answer for.

In the News

Hanson: How Would They Erase Trump? Let Us Count The Ways

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia World Tribune
Monday, October 21, 2019

The Left “detests” President Donald Trump for a lot of reasons beyond his winning the 2016 election “and aborting the progressive project,” columnist Victor Davis Hanson wrote.

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Why Do They Hate Him So?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, October 20, 2019

Democrats, NeverTrump Republicans, left-liberal celebrities, journalists, and academics all revile Donald Trump because he is trying and often succeeding to restore a conservative America at a time when his opponents thought that the mere idea was not just impossible but unhinged.

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Is America Becoming Sinicized?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, October 17, 2019

China does not fool around.

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Victor Davis Hanson: Democrats Have Unique Challenge In Taking On Untraditional Trump

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the 2020 candidates desire to impeach President Trump as well as the attacks on President Trump's agenda.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson On Gabbard Pushing Back On CNN, NYT: 'Welcome To The Trump Club'

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the amazing achievements of President Trump and notes that 2020 presidential hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, has joined the “Trump club,” after the congresswoman pushed back against CNN and The New York Times for calling her an "asset of Russia."

Interviews

Democrats Have Jumped The Impeachment Shark: Victor Davis Hanson With Dan Proft

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Townhall
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the ongoing impeachment talks.

Featured

Kurdish, Syrian, And Turkish Ironies

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Critics now upset about abandoning our Kurdish friends demanded abject withdrawals — and the abandonment of friends — in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In the News

Did The Founders Ever Imagine Our Culture Crumbling As It Is Today?

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Blue Field Daily Telegraph
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The year was 1492. The month was August. The mission was to find, at the behest of Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, the riches of Asia. Lacking the magic of GPS, Waze and Google Maps that we know, the challenge was a daunting one. Instead of arriving in Asia, navigation by the stars led Italian explorer Christopher Columbus to the Americas two months later, opening an entire New World for mankind to explore.

Analysis and Commentary

The Strategies Of Targeting Trump

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, October 13, 2019

We are headed for a train wreck. No one knows for certain which outcome is most likely.

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