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Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. He is also the Wayne & Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History, Hillsdale College, where he teaches each fall semester courses in military history and classical culture.

George Bush, Our Uncommon Hedgehog

The advantages of “one big” idea.

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

The greatest criticism of George Bush comes from the artistic and intellectual world. Alfred A. Knopf just published a novel by a prize-winning author about killing the President. The same theme of assassination is the stuff of off-Broadway comedies and stand-up comics. Read more →

Our Terminator: Will He End Decades of Squander in Desperate California?

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

Only Arnold Schwarzenegger could get away with praising Richard Nixon and repeating the line “girlie-men” in a thick Germanic accent—and in prime time at a national convention. Read more →

Brace Yourself

The months ahead will be momentous.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The summer and fall have been and will be momentous: national political conventions, elections slated in Afghanistan and here at home, the Olympics, high gas prices, and near cultural hysteria, whether measured by Fahrenheit 9/11 or the Swift-boat ads. But brace yourself — this is only the beginning. Read more →

The Fog of Battle

What comes around, goes…

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Even in daytime fighters do not perceive anything; indeed, nobody knows anything more than what is going on right around himself.

So the fifth-century B.C. military historian Thucydides commented on the confusion of battle on the heights above Syracuse (413 B.C.), and, indirectly, on the inability of historians such as himself to sort out the conflicting accounts provided by veterans of all battles. Read more →

Four Months in Vietnam

Or how to misdirect public attention.

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

Everyone knows magicians use misdirection to make their illusions work. While one hand distracts us the other is pulling the egg or coin from its hiding place. Read more →

Welcome Back, Europe

Reentering history’s arena.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The scheduled partial U.S. troop withdrawals from Europe were long overdue; some of us had become shrill and hoarse in calling for them over the past few years. Read more →

Challenging Darwinian Fundamentalism

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

Uncommon Dissent. Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing, ed. William A. Dembski (ISI Books) Read more →

On Loathing Bush

It’s not about what he does.

by Victor Davis Hanson

For now Americans seem to be split 50-50 over the reelection of George W. Bush. Such a hotly contested election is hardly new. We saw races just as close in 1960, 1968, and 1976. Read more →

If the Dead Could Talk

They’d teach us a thing or two about war.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The last two weeks I have been following the route of the American Army’s drive from Normandy into Germany in 1944-5. Read more →

A Return to Childhood: The New Immaturity

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

I would never have imagined that journalists, academics, actors, artists, and the intelligentsia in general would have so opposed the end of dictatorship and promotion of democracy abroad. Read more →

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