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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.

Country at a Crossroads

November 2 will say a lot about the American people, and our future

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Magazine

Had Lincoln lost the 1864 vote, a victorious General McClellan would have settled for an American continent divided, with slavery intact. Without Woodrow Wilson’s reelection in 1916 — opposed by the isolationists — Western Europe would have lost millions only to be trampled by Prussian militarism. Read more →

What Would Patton Say About the Present War?

by Victor Davis Hanson


The following text is adapted from a transcript of a lecture delivered on July 23, 2004, on board the MS Heidelberg during a Hillsdale College cruise on the Rhine and Moselle rivers. A shorter version of this informal speech was published recently in Imprimis. Read more →

Kerry’s Dilemma

Or, how to lose and election

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

There is a good chance that no matter what Kerry says or does in the final two weeks of this election — barring some major catastrophe in Iraq, a presidential gaffe, or massive voting irregularity — he will lose. Read more →

Deconstructing Kerry’s Case Against President Bush: Part Two

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

The Kerry case against the President’s invasion of Iraq is built on four components: the President misled the nation about WMDs and ties to al Qaeda; he failed to plan adequately for the aftermath of combat; he failed to bring our allies on board; and he diverted resources from the war on terror by invading Iraq. Read more →

Why Do They Hate Us?

by Victor Davis Hanson

A shorter version of this review appears in the current issue of National Review.

Understanding Anti-Americanism: Its Origins and Impact at Home and Abroad. by Paul Hollander, editor (Ivan R. Dee, 388 $28.95) Read more →

Our Primordial World

Pride and Envy are what make this war go ’round.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Throughout the last two years of war, we have confronted a variety of what we thought were strange occurrences: the conquest of Iraq in a mere three weeks, the subsequent Iraqis’ looting of their own infrastructure, the counterinsurgency operations inside the Sunni Triangle and the weird yearning there for cutthroat Saddam’s return, the sudden wave of suicide bombings worldwide, and the split between old and new Europe. Read more →

The Therapeutic Choice

A war for our lives, or a nuisance to our lifestyle?

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Americans are presented with a choice in this election rare in our history. This is not 1952, when Democrats and Republicans did not differ too much on the need to stay in Korea, or even 1968 when Humphrey and Nixon alike did not wish to withdraw unilaterally from Vietnam. Read more →

Deconstructing Kerry’s Case Against President Bush: Part One

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

Now that we’ve heard in two debates the Kerry-Edwards case against President Bush, we should look critically at the Democrats’ position. Read more →

The Friday Night Fight

“I Have A Plan”–on and on and on…

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

John Kerry proved tonight that he is a steady, glib, and adept debater who offers a fare of wonkish, comprehensive answers ad nauseam that can awe an off-guard opponent buried beneath facts, Clinton-like instant recall, and classical Ciceronian rhetorical skills. Indeed, we saw all that in the first debate against a dazed George Bush. Read more →

Alexander the Greatest

by Victor Davis Hanson

The Times Literary Supplement

A review of:

Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past by Paul Cartledge (341 pp., Macmillan. £18.99)

Alexander: Destiny and Myth by Claude Mossé (244 pp., Edinburgh University Press. £49.99.)

Alexander the Conqueror: The Epic Story of the Warrior Kingby Laura Foreman (213 pp., Da Capo. £19.99.)

The Death of Alexander the Great: What – or – Who Really Killed the Young Conqueror of the Known World? by Paul Doherty (236 pp., Constable. £17.99.) Read more →

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