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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In the News

An Open Letter To Our Fellow American Citizens

mentioning Victor Davis Hanson, Harvey C. Mansfieldvia RealClearFoundation
Friday, September 11, 2020

We stand at the crossroads.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "Trump, Race, and Class."

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "Greek–Turkish Rivalry Is Again Near the Boiling Point."

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson Predicts Street Violence Will Continue Until 'We Start Indicting People'

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the violence in the streets in the US, and notes that indictments will help end the violence. 

In the News

Victor Davis Hanson: ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Is Not Isolationism

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia Hillsdale Collegian
Thursday, September 10, 2020

“President Donald Trump isn’t an isolationist, but a realist,” Victor Davis Hanson said in a speech at Hillsdale College on September 3. Hanson, an author and historian whose latest book is “The Case for Trump,” spoke about foreign policy under the Trump administration at Plaster Auditorium Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. 

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Greek-Turkish Rivalry Again Near The Boiling Point

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Bozeman Daily Chronicle (MT)
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Almost daily, Greek and Turkish aircraft and ships fight mock battles over disputed oil and gas rights in the eastern Mediterranean.

InterviewsPolitics

The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast: Is Trump Creating A Middle-Class Coalition Of All Races?

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses Joe Biden’s paradoxes, Donald Trump’s appeal to minority voters, America’s hamstrung police, the wild and much-repeated claims by The Atlantic that Donald Trump insulted America’s war dead, California’s continuing descent, and the mistake that was (and remains) the lockdowns.

Analysis and CommentaryPolitics

Trump, Race, And Class

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The president’s authentic bluntness may be more appealing to non-elites of all races than violence and condescending lectures.

In the News

Pre-Election Dirty Tricks: Ignore, Refute, Or Pivot?

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Monday, September 7, 2020

It sounds unlikely but the most appalling instance of journalistic malpractice last week was not when The Atlantic published anonymous allegations that President Trump disparaged American troops behind closed doors—it was Joe Biden’s so-called press conference following another shaky, rambling, and dishonest speech disguised as a “campaign event.”

Analysis and CommentaryPolitics

Increasingly Volatile Voters

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Monday, September 7, 2020

Joe Biden and his handlers know that he should be out and about, weighing in daily on the issues of the campaign.

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