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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The Remains Of An Administration

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Obama’s policies are in tatters, and the worst scandals of his White House are coming to light.

In the News

Hanson On New Virtual Reality: If The Media Says So, It Must Be False

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia World Tribune
Monday, May 25, 2020

There is no doubt that the coronavirus response of Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has been significantly more effective than that of Democrat New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

A U.S. howitzer position near the Kum River, 15 July 1950
Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson On America First With Sebastian Gorka

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast
Monday, May 25, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the history of wars, World War II, key battles throughout history, and much more.

Analysis and Commentary

The Doctrine Of Media Untruth

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, May 24, 2020

When knowledge, wisdom, independent thought, even basic competence were no longer requisites for success, then the media naturally slid into mediocrity, and mastered networking and obsequiousness instead of valuing independence.

Interviews

Special Episode Of The Editors Podcast: Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Friday, May 22, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses Memorial Day, honoring our heroes, and why we fight wars.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson: The Forgetfulness Of Joe Biden.

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, May 21, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his American Greatness article "The Left Is What It Once Loathed."

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson: The War Between The States Tilts To The Red As The Blue Stalls.

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, May 21, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "Across the Wide, Growing American Divide."

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Across The Wide, Growing American Divide

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, May 21, 2020

Perhaps in this time of plague, Americans can at least agree that the romance of Arcadia is suddenly preferable to the allure of big-city lights.

Victor Davis Hanson: The Postwar Order’s Decline
Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson Reacts To Susan Rice Email Raising New Concerns In Flynn Case

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses Susan Rice's email stating that FBI Director James Comey advised President Obama not to share sensitive intelligence information with incoming National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

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The Arts Of Government Criminality

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Destroying or altering evidence, lying under oath, leaking classified info … but no pre-dawn televised raid for any of the wrongdoers.

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