Victor Davis Hanson

About Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is an American military historian, columnist, former classics professor, and scholar of ancient warfare. He was a professor of classics at California State University, Fresno, and is currently the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He has been a visiting professor at Hillsdale College since 2004. Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush. Hanson is also a farmer (growing raisin grapes on a family farm in Selma, California) and a critic of social trends related to farming and agrarianism. He is the author most recently of The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict was Fought and Won (Basic Books).

Trump on the Ground

For months, I’ve been driving on different routes through the vast San Joaquin Valley back and forth from the California coast—and through the usually economically depressed small towns on and near the Highway 99 corridor through the Central Valley. The poverty rate in many valley counties is higher than in West Virginia. It

By | 2018-09-03T20:56:34+00:00 September 2nd, 2018|

The Truth Will Set Us All Free

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation was star-crossed from the start. His friend and successor as FBI director, James Comey, by his own admission prompted the investigation—with the deliberate leaking of classified memos about his conversations with President Donald Trump to the press. Mueller then unnecessarily stocked his team with what the press called

By | 2018-08-29T11:35:49+00:00 August 30th, 2018|

The Ideology of Statue Smashing

Statue smashing is back in the news. One night last week, University of North Carolina students pulled down “Silent Sam,” a bronze monument to students and faculty of the university who fought as Confederate soldiers in the Civil War. The bronze figure is portrayed as static, quiet and without ammunition for his gun—and

By | 2018-08-27T20:53:56+00:00 August 26th, 2018|

The Bombs of August

On Aug. 6, 1945, the United States dropped a uranium-fueled atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, another U.S. Army Air Forces B-29 repeated the attack on Nagasaki, Japan, with an even more powerful plutonium bomb. Less than a month after the second bombing, Imperial Japan agreed to formally surrender on Sept.

By | 2018-08-22T09:37:11+00:00 August 23rd, 2018|

From One Psychodrama to Another

Michael Wolff and his media-hyped blockbuster—that supposedly game-changing landmark of a book Fire and Fury—are now ancient history. Fading similarly is Karen McDougal, Playboy's 1998 Playmate of the Year, and her National Enquirer grifter lawsuit that was also supposed to destroy the Trump presidency. We are by now mostly tired with Stormy Daniels

By | 2018-08-21T18:05:19+00:00 August 20th, 2018|

The Legacies of Robert Mueller’s Investigations

Some 450 days ago we were treated to melodramatic announcements from the media about the start-up of Robert Mueller’s “dream” and “all-star” team. Reporters gushed in the general hysteria of the times that Mueller would no doubt soon indict President Trump, some of his family, and almost anyone else in his campaign—and therefore

By | 2018-08-14T21:06:09+00:00 August 13th, 2018|

The Ancient War Between the Press and the President

The ancient war between the press and the president Tribune Content Agency -- August 8, 2018 By Victor Davis Hanson, Tribune Content Agency The media are furious that President Trump serially decries "fake news." He often rants that journalists who traffic in it are "enemies of the people." Reporters have compared Trump to

By | 2018-08-08T14:17:33+00:00 August 9th, 2018|

The American Art of Renewal

Make America Great Again" is the oft-caricatured slogan of the Donald Trump presidency. When Trump was elected, he boasted of jump-starting the economy to achieve an annual economic growth rate of 4 percent. Experts laughed him off as a naif who did not understand that structural changes in demography and technology made such

By | 2018-08-01T22:42:27+00:00 August 2nd, 2018|