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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The Bigmouth Tradition Of American Leadership

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

America has always enjoyed two antithetical traditions in its political and military heroes. The preferred style is the reticent, sober, and competent executive planner as president or general, from Herbert Hoover to Gerald Ford to Jimmy Carter.

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Criticisms Of Comey And Mueller Aren’t ‘Character Assassination’

by Victor Davis Hansonmentioning Peter Berkowitzvia National Review
Sunday, December 24, 2017

In his efforts to refute Charles Cooke’s recent exposé of Jennifer Rubin, I was surprised to see David Frum, in passing, attack my Hoover colleague, legal scholar Peter Berkowitz (a “Sean Hannity–style character assassination of James Comey and Special Counsel Robert Mueller”), for suggesting, in a prescient October WSJ opinion column, that the Mueller investigation into Russian collusion may well be ethically compromised (in its zeal to go after those not accused of collusion)—in even greater fashion than was the Comey investigation of Hillary Clinton (in its absence of zeal to indict for clear violations of U.S. intelligence law).

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Christmas Lessons From California

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Nature this year is predictably not cooperating with California. Rarely has such a naturally rich and scenic region become so mismanaged by so many creative and well-intentioned people.

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Is Trump An Island?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Review
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

If Trump would let his deeds speak for themselves, he would quiet his enemies far more than he does with Twitter broadsides.

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The Internet Executioner

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

From the Russia probe to sexual abuse, individuals are guilty before facts are checked. 

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Why Trump Should Consider A Post-Twitter Presidency

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

By now, the president’s record has transcended his social-media idiosyncrasies.

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Part 2: The Second World Wars With Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

How the first global conflict was fought and won.

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Part 2: The Second World Wars with Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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How the first global conflict was fought and won.

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One Mueller-Investigation Coincidence Too Many

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Stacking the deck with anti-Trump staffers is proving to be a really bad idea. 

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