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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Victor Davis Hanson Speaks On Afghanistan Withdrawal

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia Hillsdale Collegian
Thursday, September 9, 2021

Americans should not have been left behind in the Afghanistan exit, according to Victor Davis Hanson at an event hosted by the Alexander Hamilton Society on Wednesday.

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Victor Davis Hanson Lecture At Hillsdale College

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Hillsdale College
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his upcoming book, The Dying Citizen: How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Destroying the Idea of America.

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The Victor Davis Hanson Show - The Traditionalist: Presidential Abuse Of The People’s Trust

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Victor Davis Hanson Show
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses Biden’s coercion of Afghan president Ghani, his equally shocking boredom as the remains of soldiers arrive, passports on campus, and the job market.

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Recall The California Ideology

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

A careening Golden State is heading for a colossal train wreck. Voters will have to pick between the incompetent engineer or the private passenger rushing into the cab to get the engine back on track.

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Is America A Racist Country? - Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Spreaker
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the history of the US.

Analysis and Commentary

Biden And The Left-Wing Standard Of Attacking Presidents

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, September 5, 2021

In just a few months Joe Biden has wrought a series of disasters that will invoke outrage that dwarfs the concocted anger directed at Donald Trump.

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Victor Davis Hanson Voices His Concerns Over U.S. Military Equipment Left In Afghanistan

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Saturday, September 4, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on the billions of dollars in weapons and equipment the US left in Afghanistan.

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The Dying Citizen: How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Destroying the Idea of America

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Basic Books
Thursday, September 2, 2021

The New York Times bestselling author of The Case for Trump explains the decline and fall of the once cherished idea of American citizenship.

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The Victor Davis Hanson Show - The Classicist: Newsom And Biden

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Victor Davis Hanson Show
Thursday, September 2, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson talks about the California recall, his new book The Dying Citizen.

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Is Our Military Woke, Broke Or Both?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Somehow our new woke Pentagon is hell-bent on losing the trust of the American people—along with the wars it fights abroad.

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