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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Menacing Invective Against Trump Creates Dangerous Climate

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Former vice president and current presidential candidate Joe Biden has bragged on two occasions that he would like to beat up President Donald Trump.

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The Classicist: Third-World California

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

How the Golden State lost its luster.

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Pelosi & Co. Are Yearning For Obama And Other Commentary

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia New York Post
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

From the left: Pelosi & Co. Yearn for Obama

“Moderate progressive Democrats” now “mounting a sustained counter to the party’s lurch to the left” privately “would like an assist from the only Democrat who might make a difference: former President Barack Obama,” reports Al Hunt at The Hill. 

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100 Years Of The Hoover Institution

by Victor Davis Hanson mentioning Hoover Institutionvia National Review
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

It's now a conservative atoll in a progressive sea. What’s next for the storied research center?

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Woke Racism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, July 28, 2019

Well before Sigmund Freud formalized the idea of “projectionism”—the defense of one’s own shortcomings and sins by attributing them to others—it was a common theme in classical literature and the New Testament: the ridiculing of the mole on someone else’s nose to hide one’s own boil.

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Victor Davis Hanson: Befuddled Mueller Confirmed He Was A Figurehead, Used By Partisans That Hijacked His Name

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson says that the testimony of special counsel Robert Mueller confirmed that Mueller was just a figurehead and being used by a partisan group who "hijacked his conservative name."

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The Classicist: Thinking Strategically About Iran

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Why restraint with Tehran may be the most effective position for national security hawks.

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The Lessons Of The Versailles Treaty

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Treaty of Versailles was signed in Versailles, France, on June 28, 1919. Neither the winners nor the losers of World War I were happy with the formal conclusion to the bloodbath.

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The Economy, Father Of Us All

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

Good times immunize a president and make his over-the-top domestic enemies look irrelevant.

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Victor Davis Hanson: Democrats In Panic Mode As Party Reaches The ‘Most Left-Wing Position Possible’ On Immigration

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Daily Caller
Monday, July 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the problems with illegal immigration as well as the lack of enforcement of our laws.

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