Annelise Anderson

Research Fellow
Biography: 

Annelise Anderson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. From 1981 to 1983, she was associate director for economics and government with the US Office of Management and Budget. She has also advised the governments of Russia, Romania, and the Republic of Georgia on economic reform. Anderson coauthored Reagan's Secret War: The Untold Story of His Fight to Save the World from Nuclear Disaster (2010) with Martin Anderson. She has coedited a number of books, including Stories in His Own Hand: The Everyday Wisdom of Ronald Reagan (2007), with Kiron K. Skinner, Martin Anderson, and George Shultz; Reagan's Path to Victory: The Shaping of Ronald Reagan's Vision: Selected Writing (2004), with Kiron K. Skinner and Martin Anderson; Reagan: A Life in Letters (2004), with Kiron K. Skinner, Martin Anderson, and George Shultz; Reagan In His Own Voice (2001), with Kiron K. Skinner and Martin Anderson; and Reagan, in His Own Hand (2001), with Kiron K. Skinner and Martin Anderson. Anderson and Hoover fellow Dennis Bark coedited Thinking about America: The United States in the 1990s (1988), and she edited Political Money: Deregulating American Politics (2000), a collection of writings on campaign finance reform. She is also the author of Free BSD: An Open Source Operating System for Your Personal Computer (2001). The holder of PhD in business administration from Columbia University, she has been a Hoover fellow since 1983.

Her research papers are available at the Hoover Institution Archives.

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Remarks on Ronald Reagan, Intelligence, and the End of the Cold War

by Annelise Andersonvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, November 11, 2011

These remarks were delivered at the November 2 Conference on Ronald Reagan, Intelligence and the End of the Cold War, co-sponsored by the Central Intelligence Agency and the Reagan Presidential Library.  They were taped by C-SPAN for later airing.

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On the 30th Anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s Election, A Valuable Lesson

by Annelise Andersonvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thirty years ago today, on November 4, 1980, Ronald Reagan was elected president of the United States. He garnered 50.7 percent of the popular vote and 489 of 535 electoral votes.

Ronald Reagan
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On the 30th Anniversary of Ronald Reagan's Election, A Valuable Lesson

by Annelise Andersonvia FoxNews.com
Thursday, November 4, 2010

The message of the election this year is not very different from the message in 1980: The government is too big, and it spends too much. Whether President Obama and the new Congress will be able to find a path from that message through the unlimited wants of government is the question...

Reagan’s Secret War by Martin and Annelise Anderson

Reagan's Secret War

by Martin Anderson, Annelise Anderson
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

On February 6, 1981, at his first National Security Council meeting, Ronald Reagan told his advisers: “I will make the decisions.” As Reagan’s Secret War reveals, these words provide the touchstone for understanding the extraordinary accomplishments of the Reagan administration, including the decisive events that led to the end of the Cold War. 

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On 20th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall, remembering Reagan's influence

by Annelise Andersonvia San Jose Mercury News
Sunday, November 8, 2009

The fall of the Berlin Wall symbolizes the end of the Cold War, just as the Wall itself for so long symbolized the division and competition between the communist East and the democratic West, between capitalism and socialism. . . .

Reagan’s Secret War

by Martin Anderson, Annelise Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

This president played against type, pursuing a low-profile crusade to avoid nuclear Armageddon. An excerpt from a new book by Hoover fellows Martin and Annelise Anderson.

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Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan that Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America

by Kiron K. Skinner, Annelise Anderson, Martin Andersonvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Sunday, October 21, 2001

Hidden in the archives of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for more than a decade, the writings contained in Reagan, In His Own Hand redefine the way we think about American history of the past quarter century and about the fortieth American president.

Reagan, in His Own Hand

by Martin Anderson, Annelise Anderson, Kiron K. Skinnervia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

From 1975 to 1979, Ronald Reagan wrote more than 600 radio addresses in his own hand, planning every plank in what would become his presidential platform. Herewith, a sampling of classic Reagan, compiled by Hoover fellows Kiron K. Skinner, Annelise Anderson, and Martin Anderson.

Political Money: Deregulating American Politics — Selected Writings on Campaign Finance Reform

Political Money: Deregulating American Politics — Selected Writings on Campaign Finance Reform

by Annelise Andersonvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Saturday, January 1, 2000

In this policy primer on campaign finance reform, options to current rules and regulation are discussed.

Campaign Finance: A Reform to End All Reforms

by Annelise Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, April 30, 1998

Reformers such as Senators McCain and Feingold want to impose new limits on the amounts of money political campaigns are allowed to raise and spend. Hoover fellow Annelise Anderson agrees that the current system is a mess—but she proposes precisely the opposite solution.

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Reagan's Secret War: The Untold Story of His Fight to Save the World from Nuclear Disaster

Reagan’s Secret War by Martin and Annelise Anderson

This president played against type, pursuing a low-profile crusade to avoid nuclear Armageddon.  The most recent book by Martin and Annelise Anderson.