Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers

Author Archives: Victor Davis Hanson

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.

The Look Back

Why are we split over the war since 9/11?

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

Two views are emerging about our post-September-11 world. One is angry, but also therapeutic—and most often embraced by the Left. I think it goes roughly like this. Removing the Taliban in our initial rage might have for a moment seemed necessary, but things now in retrospect have proved not much better than before in Afghanistan and might well get worse. Read more →

Feeding the Minotaur

Our strange relationship with the terrorists continues.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

As long as the mythical Athenians were willing to send, every nine years, seven maidens and seven young men down to King Minos’s monster in the labyrinth, Athens was left alone by the Cretan fleet. The king rightly figured that harvesting just enough Athenians would remind them of their subservience without leading to open rebellion — as long as somebody impetuous like a Theseus didn’t show up to wreck the arrangement. Read more →

Reagan’s Second Act

Media concedes simple truth, not simpleton

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

Ronald Reagan’s death in the midst of a hotly contested presidential election has occasioned all manner of oddities. Read more →

Rural Greece Under the Democracy

by Victor Davis Hanson

Times Literary Supplement

Rural Greece Under the Democracy by Nicholas F. Jones
Pennsylvania, 2004. xii + 330
$59.95

A version of this review appears in the June 25, 2004 issue of the Times Literary Supplement. Read more →

Our Look Back at Normandy

What our generation might have said a month later in July, 1944

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

Al Gore: General George Marshall—You, you…. You, go now! You approved of it; you signed off; you gave us the Philippines disaster, the B-17 slaughters, and now this. So go! Go, go, now! Read more →

Troy’s Literary Offenses

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

As a movie, Troy is okay. Read more →

The Power To Do Good

by Victor Davis Hanson

New York Post, April 25, 2004

Colossus: The Price of America’s Empire by Niall Ferguson, Penguin Press, 366 pages, $25.95 Read more →

Reagan: The Legacy

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

Reagan’s achievement and legacy are twofold, but do not necessarily lie in either his legislative record or seminal foreign policy initiatives-although it is hard to believe few other presidents would have gone ahead with the substantial tax cuts, necessary Pershing missile deployments, the decision to fund missile defense, or his reconstruction of our military forces. Read more →

The New Defeatism

Are we giving up, even as we’re succeeding?

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Nothing has been quite as depressing as watching Washington and New York melt down during these past two months. History in D.C. is apparently measured by hours, not decades — and its lessons are gleaned from last night’s reruns. Read more →

Kill the Insurgents – Stop Talking

by Victor Davis Hanson

The New Republic

Most of the time in war, diplomatic machinations don’t create enduring realities–events on the battlefield do. After World War I, the defeated, but not humiliated, German army that surrendered in France and Belgium provided the origins for the “stab in the back” mythology that fueled Hitler’s rise to power. Read more →

%d bloggers like this: