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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Things That Can’t Go On Forever Simply Don’t

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Economist Herbert Stein’s old adage—”If something cannot go on forever, it will stop”—still holds. Take illegal immigration. There are currently somewhere from 11 million to 15 million immigrants living in the United States without legal authorization. Last month, nearly 100,000 people were apprehended or turned away while trying to illegally cross the southern border. Some experts suggest that at least that number made it across without arrest. 

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The Progressive Revolution: From Democratic To Liberal To Progressive To Socialist

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Obama kick-started a cycle that moves ever farther left — even he now seems passé.

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Are There Any Limits To Illegal Immigration?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, April 14, 2019

The U.S.-Mexican border is essentially wide open. Why? Because there is a general expectation in Mexico and Latin America that American immigration law is unenforced. Or it is so bizarre that simple illegal entry almost always ensures temporary legal residence, pending an asylum hearing.

In the News

Friday Short Cuts

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Patriot Post
Friday, April 12, 2019
Food for thought: “When everybody is a white nationalist, nobody is.” —Victor Davis Hanson
Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson's "The Case For Trump" In Conversation With Devin Nunes

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his recent book The Case For Trump.

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Victor Davis Hanson: REELTalk With Audrey Russo (56:16)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia REELTalk with Audrey Russo
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his recent book The Case For Trump.

In the News

Could 2020 Race Be A Trump Re-Run?

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia CBN News
Thursday, April 11, 2019
A number of political observers are still dissecting the 2016 campaign for answers to how Donald Trump beat 16 Republican rivals and Hillary Clinton to take the presidency.
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A Man For This Season

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Disclosure requires at the outset that I mention Victor Davis Hanson wrote a very generous foreword to my book on President Trump, though from a somewhat different angle.

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Victor Davis Hanson: Dems Pushing A ‘White Nationalist Conspiracy’ Theory That ‘Doesn’t Exist’

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Daily Caller
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the media and race relations in the US.

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Victor Davis Hanson On Joe Thomas In The Morning: The Case For Trump

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia WCHV
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his recent book The Case for Trump.

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