Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers

An Aroused Citizenry

How democracies go to war.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Magazine

We associate democracies with peace, and thus think that it is hard to convince thousands of free citizens to support a war. Read more →

Iraq Redux: Not Another 1991 Gulf War

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Skeptics warn us that we cannot assume that the next war with Saddam Hussein will be as easy as the last — especially since this time we are after his head, not the liberation of Kuwait. Read more →

One Year Later

The nature and means of commemoration.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Magazine

September 11 aroused Americans from a deep coma induced by a long and luxurious calm. Read more →

Martial Art

Book Review of Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime

by Victor Davis Hanson

American Jewish Committee

Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime by Eliot A. Cohen Free Press. 320 pp. $25.00 Read more →

The Wisdom of Inaction

Being wrong means never having to say you’re sorry.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

I. Gulf War #I — Summer 1990

Iraq has never attacked the United States. Countries in Africa are invaded all the time — so what could be so special about a border dispute with Kuwait? Read more →

It’s a Vision Thing

Language is as powerful as armed force.

Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

War takes a toll on democratic leaders, often either discrediting, sickening, or killing them. Read more →

So Far, So Good?

Where are all the purported American blunders?

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

It is hard to fathom why the United States has been the subject of such vituperation from Europe and the purported moderate Middle Eastern states. September 11 marked the worst attack on American home soil in the nation’s entire history — a far more calamitous event than precursors for past American wars. Read more →

Soldiers of Contrasts

Eisenhower: A Soldier’s Life by Carlo D’Este (Henry Holt, 672 pp., $35)

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Magazine

Carlo D’Este, a well-respected historian of the U.S. Army’s battles in Europe during World War II and the author of an engaging and sympathetic biography of Gen. George S. Patton, has now written a massive narrative of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s military career. Read more →

Flunking With Flying Colors: Failing the Moral Test of Our Times

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The Middle East crisis offers the world an ethical litmus test for our generation in a variety of historic ways. Read more →

The Parable of the Weed

Attacking terrorism at its roots.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

My grandfather, a lifelong viticulturalist, used to sigh that the great plague of his life — besides banks, shippers, and packers — was johnsongrass (holcus halepensis). Read more →

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