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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Cultural Suicide Is Painless

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, August 30, 2020

The story of all Dark Ages is that when civilizations finally prefer suicide, they do it easily, and the remnants flock to the countryside to preserve what they can—allowing the cities go on with their ritual self-destruction.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson: What Drives The Violent In The Blue Cities?

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, August 28, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "What Is the Violence in American Cities All About?"

InterviewsPolitics

RNC Was Upbeat, DNC Sounded Worried Over Voter Turnout: Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox Business
Friday, August 28, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson compares the speeches delivered at Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention. Hanson later talks about how Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden can no longer hide in his basement.

Analysis and Commentary

The Cowards Of 'Cancel Culture'

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The Hill
Friday, August 28, 2020

Each generation deals with its own manifestations of age-old mob frenzies, bullying and public shaming. Salem, Mass., had its witch trials in the 1690s. The 1950s endured its McCarthyism. And we now are enduring our “cancel culture.”

Interviews

The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast: Conventional Wisdom

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast
Friday, August 28, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson grades the recent Republican Convention and President Trump’s acceptance speech; explains the motivations of thugs amok-running in American streets; the emerging political effects of the violence and Joe Biden’s response to it; profiles California’s emerging New Dark Ages; discusses the latest attempts by pro sports to kowtow to BLM; and remarks on author J. K. Rowling’s continuing public battle against the cancel culture.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson: California's Supermajority Democrats Cannot Keep The Lights On & What Is To Be Done?

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, August 28, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "California Apocalypto."

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What Is The Violence In American Cities All About?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, August 27, 2020

The point of the mob is to destroy what it cannot create.

InterviewsPolitics

Victor Davis Hanson: Joe Biden To Emerge From Basement After RNC

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Yahoo
Thursday, August 27, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson talks about Joe Biden and the Democratic party.

InterviewsPolitics

Dr. Victor Davis Hanson On The Trevor Carey Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Trevor Carey Show
Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the differences in the political parties and how that was reflected at their conventions and in our society.

InterviewsPolitics

Victor Davis Hanson: Biden Made A 'Devil's Bargain' With Radicals, And He Can't Renege

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson says the left mortgaged their soul to allow chaos on America's streets in exchange for hope of an election victory, but now they are worried that the riots are hurting Biden's chances for an election victory.

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