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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China Isn’t Letting A Pandemic Go To Waste

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, June 4, 2020

No more nice-guy façade.

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Victor Davis Hanson On The Dan Proft Show Podcast

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Dan Proft Show Podcast
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the ongoing protests and riots in the US.

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Victor Davis Hanson On Civil Unrest: America Is Waiting For One Brave Person To Step Forward And Say No More

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the riots and why he thinks they have gotten out of hand.

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Biden As Paradox

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

His weaknesses are his strength, and he’s not running for the presidency.

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Donald Trump In Twitter’s Lilliput

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, May 31, 2020

Only the president can lose his election, and thereby ensure socialism for his supporters in the fall. And he can lose only by descending into the Twitter swamp and playing a gullible Gulliver to be tied down and lacerated by clever but six-inch tall Lilliputians.

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The Classicist: Dark Days Ahead

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Saturday, May 30, 2020

On political polarization, the debt reckoning, and Chinese aggression.

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Victor Davis Hanson: TWTR And FB In The Hands Of Our Youthful Partisans & What Is To Be Done?

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the potential Pandora's Box that Twitter opened by fact checking President Trump.
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Victor Davis Hanson: Will Biden And Obama Answer For The Russiagate Falsehoods?

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, May 28, 2020

 Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "The Remains of an Administration."

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The Spreading Debt Virus — 5 Potential Cures For $30 Trillion Problem

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Thursday, May 28, 2020

The current U.S. budget deficit could soon exceed a record $4 trillion. The massive borrowing is being driven both by prior budget profligacy and a hurried effort by the Donald Trump administration to pump liquidity into a quarantined America.

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Victor Davis Hanson Slams Democrats As The 'Party Of Superstition And Faith-Based Information'

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses COVID-19 and the lockdowns, and notes the data is coming in of the medical cost of being locked down in addition to the economic cost, and the left refuses to look at it.

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