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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Can’t We All Just Get Along?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Monday, July 22, 2019

Get along? Apparently no—at least until after 2020. Two examples summarize why.

In the News

A War On The West

quoting Niall Ferguson, Victor Davis Hanson, Ayaan Hirsi Alivia American Thinker
Monday, July 22, 2019

Will the West be complicit in its own destruction? That is the question raised by the documentary film, The Fight of Our Lives: Defeating the Ideological War against the West.

In the News

History Scholar Calls Tlaib’s ‘Women Of Color’ Defense The Most ‘Anti-Enlightenment Thing He’s Ever Heard’

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia BizPac Review
Friday, July 19, 2019

Military historian and columnist Victor Davis Hanson took apart Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s defense of herself as a “woman of color,” calling it the most ‘anti-Enlightenment thing” he has ever heard.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson Op-Ed: These Arguments Over Our Past Are Really Over The Present

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Friday, July 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson notes that people feel, because of America's success in addressing issues of racism, sexism and classism, there is an unreal expectation that the US has to be perfect.

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America Does Not Have To Be Perfect To Be Good

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Thursday, July 18, 2019

The summer season has ripped off the thin scab that covered an American wound, revealing a festering disagreement about the nature and origins of the United States.

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The Case for Trump

by Michael Doran interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Donald Trump has written a new narrative about the presidency—casting himself as hero, writes Hoover historian Victor Davis Hanson. Now the question is how this story ends.

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The Selfish Actors Of Illegal Immigration

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

Many people benefit from the lawbreaking: The Mexican and Central American governments, the Democratic party, employers, ethnic activists, rich progressives, and the illegal border crossers themselves.

Democrat's Donkey
Analysis and Commentary

Of Progressive Carnivores And Cannibals

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

The Obama-era Democratic Party bears little resemblance to the themes embraced just 11 years ago by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primaries.

Interviews

Allen Estrin, Michael New, Victor Davis Hanson, James Hirsen

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Family Research Council
Friday, July 12, 2019

(27:07) Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his American Greatness article "Democratic Candidates Aren’t on a Winning Track."

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What Is The Meaning Of Your American Citizenship?

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses citizenship and the census question.

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