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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In the News

Documentary Explores The Ideological War Against The West

featuring Niall Ferguson, Victor Davis Hanson, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Bruce Thorntonvia The Epoch Times
Monday, May 27, 2019

With the 2020 elections coming up and campaigns underway, the idea of democratic socialists and socialism has become a major topic of conversation. The Hill states, “A majority of Americans say socialism is incompatible with American values, and only 10 percent of voters in a new poll have a positive view of socialism.”


Victor Davis Hanson On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses how the "US-China Confrontation Will Define Global Order."


The Sinking Collusion Ship

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The entire Trump-Russia collusion narrative was always implausible. One, the Washington swamp of fixers such as Paul Manafort and John and Tony Podesta was mostly bipartisan and predated Trump.


Victor Davis Hanson: The Second World Wars

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia American Conservative University
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his book The Second World Wars.


Socialism 'Contrary To Human Nature,' But GOP Did 'Poor Job' Proving Its Faults, Victor Davis Hanson Says

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses socialism and notes socialism is "contrary to human nature" and capitalism is the only proven economic system.


Victor Davis Hanson: "The Whole European Model...Is Going To Blow Up." Newly Pardoned Conrad Black On The Fate Of The EU, Canada, And His Conversation With Trump.

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Laura Ingraham Podcast
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

(17:22) Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses immigration, the border crisis, and China.

Analysis and Commentary

The Epidemic Of Electronic Deletions

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Review
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

There are lots of ways to adjudicate the present political divide over the collusion hoax. One method might be to see whether those targeted by Robert Mueller had ever begun accusing each other of “collusion” to save their own skins. That did not happen.

The Classicist with Victor Davis Hanson:
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The Classicist: Defending The West ... From The West

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A new wave of progressives fixate on the sins of western civilization.

Victor Davis Hanson: US-China Confrontation Will Define Global Order

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, May 20, 2019

The United States is at a crossroads with an increasingly aggressive China, which could define America’s security and the international order for decades to come, Hoover scholar Victor Davis Hanson says.


He Did It, Not Me!

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, May 19, 2019

There is something Kafkaesque about the current round of investigating possible FBI, CIA, National Security Agency, Justice Department, and National Security Council wrongdoing during the 2016 election, Trump transition, and early presidency.