Victor Davis Hanson

Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow
Awards and Honors:
Statesmanship Award from the Claremont Institute

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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Recent Commentary


The Cathedral: Mirror Of The West, Then And Now

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The recent fires at the medieval Catholic cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris almost immediately were seen as a referendum on the West, even by those who are not Christians. How at the supposed apex of Western technology, science, and affluence could a sudden inferno devour the spire, roof, and some of the interior icons of the nearly 800-year-old cathedral, itself perched on the bank of a river, and the survivor of centuries of desecrations, remodels, expansions, and repairs, when the arts of preservation, fire prevention and response, and engineering were supposedly backward by our standards?


Russian ‘Collusion’s’ Greatest Hits

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, April 21, 2019

From late 2015 until April 2019, the media, the Left, and the Obama administrative state hierarchy warned us nonstop that candidate, president-elect, and inaugurated President Trump “colluded” with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton, to assemble a suspect cabinet, and to rule in treasonous fashion in the interests of Vladimir Putin.

In the News

Victor Davis Hanson: “It Was A Coup Attempt To Destroy The Presidency…”

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia Legal Insurrection
Sunday, April 21, 2019

Last week as the Mueller Report was about to drop, Victor Davis Hanson of the Hoover Institution and the National Review Institute was interviewed by The Epoch Times as part of their American Thought Leaders series. He offered his thoughts on the Mueller investigation, the Trump presidency, and much more.

Analysis and Commentary

Why The Effort To Demonize Attorney General Barr?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Saturday, April 20, 2019

The current progressive effort to demonize attorney general William Barr is creepy, but then again not so strange. He came into the office with singular experience and an excellent reputation from past service. As attorney general, he has followed the law to the letter in handling the release, redactions, and dissemination of the Mueller report. His summaries of the report proved factual. They were not contested by Robert Mueller or his team. 

In the News

The Case For Trump Is The Case For American And Israeli Jewish Values

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia Israel National News
Friday, April 19, 2019

In less than one term as president, Donald J. Trump has been able to erode the legacy of divisiveness left by President Barack Obama, one that no mainstream media outlet addresses.


Victor Davis Hanson Presents 'The Case For Trump'

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Front Page Magazine
Friday, April 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his book The Case for Trump as well as the current political climate and much more.


Victor Davis Hanson On Release Of The Mueller Report

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Trevor Carey Show
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the Mueller report.

More Conversations With Devin Nunes And Victor Davis Hanson With Regard To "The Case For Trump" And The "Mueller Dossier."

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his recent book The Case for Trump, and the Mueller report.

Victor Davis Hanson: The Postwar Order’s Decline

Victor Davis Hanson: Mueller Probe Could Backfire On Those Who Fabricated Russia-Collusion Narrative

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Epoch Times
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his recent book The Case for Trump, and how President Trump’s approach to America can be seen as an attempt to solve a crisis of her spirit, and how both current events and historical precedent position the president for 2020.


Victor Davis Hanson Weighs In On The Notre Dame Cathedral Fire…Brilliantly

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia American Thinker
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses he Notre Dame Cathedral fire and Western civilization.