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-three books, the latest of which is The Second World Wars (Basic Books), which was released in October 2017. His other books include 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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Swamp Things?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, February 8, 2018

No doubt people talk indiscreetly when they believe their communications are private; perhaps those in an illicit affair may posture and brag about their self-importance and exaggerate. All that said, when reading through the latest release of the Page-Strzok archive, one is struck not just that the two who eventually were to investigate Donald Trump did not like Trump, but rather that they utterly loathed him.

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A Year of Achievement

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Review
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The case for the Trump presidency.

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The FISA-Gate Boomerangs

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Many questions remain, but Democrats, including Obama, are probably not going to look good when we get the answers.

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Office Hours: Victor Davis Hanson On The Importance of NATO

by Victor Davis Hansonvia PolicyEd.org
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson responds to your questions related to the importance of NATO.

Analysis and Commentary

Counterfeit Elitism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Monday, February 5, 2018

Those damn dairy farmers. Why do they insist on trying to govern? Or, put another way: Why are Republicans trusting Devin Nunes to be their oracle of truth!? A former dairy farmer who House intel staffers refer to as Secret Agent Man because he has no idea what’s going on.

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The Many Wars of Donald Trump

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Review
Monday, February 5, 2018

As President Trump finished his first full year in office, he could look back at an impressive record of achievement of a kind rarely attained by an incoming president — much less by one who arrived in office as a private-sector billionaire without either prior political office or military service. As unintended proof of his accomplishments, Trump’s many liberal opponents have gone from initially declaring him an incompetent to warning that he has become effective — insanely so — in overturning the Obama progressive agenda.

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The Ticking Memo

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Friday, February 2, 2018

The House Intelligence Committee memo is pretty simple. It should not have been classified and thus far withheld from the public. In fact, far more information now needs to be released.

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Rethinking The Geography Of Power

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, February 1, 2018

In America and abroad, governing institutions should be dispersed more widely.

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Radioactive Trump

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, February 1, 2018

The President may be rude to the Establishment, but he’s empathetic to voters.  

Analysis and Commentary

Slashing At The Shadows Of Trump

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Trump’s publicly well-received speech (we hope the Obama first-person singular continues to give way to the Trump first-person plural) did not register with his enemies, mostly progressives but some Never Trumpers as well. 

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