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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On The Whistleblower Kerfuffle, Imagine A Different Scenario

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Friday, October 11, 2019

Imagine . . . If in early 2015, some White House staffers transcribing confidential presidential calls were disturbed about one conversation that President Obama had with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif.

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Victor Davis Hanson: Our Ancestors Were Fearless Builders And Pioneers. Today We Delay, Idle And Gripe

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Friday, October 11, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his Fox News article "Members of previous generations now seem like giants — When did we become so small?"

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Victor Davis Hanson: Democrats Are Stuck In A Trump-Bashing Loop

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "Anti-Trump Psychodrama 10.0?"

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Victor Davis Hanson: California Was Built By Giants And Is Occupied By 6-oz Hotel Shampoo Bottles

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his Fox News article "Members of previous generations now seem like giants — When did we become so small?"

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Victor Davis Hanson: Members Of Previous Generations Now Seem Like Giants — When Did We Become So Small?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Many of the stories about the gods and heroes of Greek mythology were compiled during Greek Dark Ages. Impoverished tribes passed down oral traditions that originated after the fall of the lost palatial civilizations of the Mycenaean Greeks.

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Victor Davis Hanson On The Larry O'Connor Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Larry O'Connor Show
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "Anti-Trump Psychodrama 10.0?"

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American View: Victor Davis Hanson On Impeachment

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia American View
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

(2:42) Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses impeachment, Donald Trump’s presidency, and where he thinks the Democrats' are headed in the coming years.

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Victor Davis Hanson: Democrats Are Trying To Wear Down The Physical And Mental Resilience Of Donald Trump

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson notes that Democrats are trying to wear down the "physical and mental resilience" of President Trump with the impeachment inquiry.

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Anti-Trump Psychodrama 10.0?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

‘Groundbreaking’ disclosures fall apart, hoaxes are exposed, the media are discredited, over and over and over again.

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The Madness Of Progressive Projection

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, October 6, 2019

The only Trump “crime” was in his winning an election he was not supposed to win. So after the election, prior illegal acts were redefined as legal, and legal ones as illegal.

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