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-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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Victor Davis Hanson, Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow on Trump’s Agenda—One Year Later

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Victor Davis Hanson, chair of Hoover’s Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict, looks back at the first year of the Trump presidency—including the president’s foreign and domestic policy actions, his supporters and critics, and his unique style of leadership. 


Our Long History Of Misjudging North Korea

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, March 22, 2018

There’s a lot to learn from seventy years of failure to stop the Kim regimes’ aggression. North Korea has befuddled the United States and its Asian allies ever since North Korean leader Kim Il-sung launched the invasion of South Korea in June 1950. 

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Camouflaged Elites

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

There’s something dishonest about the way today’s privileged Americans comport themselves.

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The Confederate Mind

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Progressives such as Elizabeth Warren resurrect the race-based thinking of the antebellum South: ‘One drop’ and you’re a bona fide minority.


Scandal Questions Never Asked, Much Less Answered

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Sometimes the hysteria of crowds causes them to overlook the obvious. Here is a series of 12 questions that do not seem to trouble anyone, but the answers to these should expose why so many of the people today alleging scandals should themselves be considered scandalous.


Leave McMaster Be

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Friday, March 16, 2018

About every two months, there are rumors that Gen. H. R. McMaster might be let go as Trump’s national-security adviser (along with many other stellar appointees).

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Lessons From Germany’s ‘Spring Offensive,’ 100 Years Later

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Germany lost World War I in a matter of months after near victory. The lessons from that defeat are still valuable today.

Analysis and Commentary

The New Left Trumps The Old Right

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Anti-Semitism, racism, deception, and dirty tricks: For progressives, the ends justify the means.

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Swamp Things In The Russia Investigation

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Monday, March 12, 2018

“The Swamp” usually refers to the vast federal bureaucratic machinery of mostly unelected top officials who exercise influence and power without worry about the appearance of conflicts of interest. They are often exempt from the consequences of the laws and regulations that affect others. The chief characteristics of the swamp are the interlocking friendships, business relationships, marriages and partnerships in Washington, and their immune response against anyone who challenges them.


The Rapid ‘Progress’ Of Progressivism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, March 8, 2018
It leads to an endless race for equality and erodes prior rules.