Bruce Thornton
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Bruce Thornton

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Bruce S. Thornton, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, grew up on a cattle ranch in Fresno County, California. He received his BA in Latin from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1975, as well as his PhD in comparative literature–Greek, Latin, and English–in 1983. Thornton is currently a professor of classics and humanities at California State University, Fresno. He is the author of nine books on a variety of topics, including Greek Ways: How the Greeks Created Western Civilization; Searching for Joaquin: Myth, Murieta, and History in California; with Victor Davis Hanson, Bonfire of the Humanities: Rescuing the Classics in an Impoverished Age; Decline and Fall: Europe’s Slow-Motion Suicide; and most recently The Wages of Appeasement: Ancient Athens, Munich, and Obama's America. His numerous essays and reviews on Greek culture and civilization and their influence on Western civilization, as well as on other contemporary political and educational issues, have appeared in both scholarly journals and magazines such as the New Criterion, Commentary, National Review, the Weekly Standard, and the Claremont Review of Books. Thornton is also a regular contributor to online magazines such as City Journal and Advancing a Free Society. He has lectured at many colleges and universities and at venues such as the Smithsonian Institute, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, the Army War College, and the Air Force Academy; he has also appeared on television on the History Channel and ABC’s Politically Incorrect. His next book, to be released in July 2014 by the Hoover Institution Press, is titled Democracy's Dangers and Discontents: The Tyranny of the Majority from the Greeks to Obama.

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Symbolism Instead Of History

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Thursday, April 28, 2016

The real motivation behind replacing Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.

Autobiography & Memoir

The Gallic War, by Julius Caesar

by Bruce Thorntonvia Classics of Military History
Friday, April 22, 2016

Caesar’s commentaries describe his campaign to pacify Gaul––modern France, Belgium, and parts of Switzerland––that took place from 58-50 B.C. Caesar’s work is an important resource for historians of Roman military tactics and imperial expansion, as well as for those investigating the tribes and geography of Western Europe.

A rare color image, taken by a 16 mm movie camera aboard a B-29 dubbed The Great
Analysis and Commentary

Hiroshima And 'Unwarrantable Self-Abasement'

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Thursday, April 21, 2016

The moral incoherence of the U.S. expressing regret for swiftly ending a war it didn’t start.

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The Laws Of Human Nature

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

How we interpret the Constitution depends on whether we're optimists or pessimists about the human condition.

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The Unserious West And The Serious Jihadists

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Friday, April 15, 2016

The Obama administration and the "nuisance of terrorism."

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What University 'Snowflakes' Are Really About

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A key factor feeding the campus "safe space" culture.

Analysis and Commentary

Europe Still Sleeps, And Europeans Still Die

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

And Europe can’t say it wasn’t warned.

Analysis and Commentary

Iran's War Against America

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

When will we start taking the Mullahs at their word?

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Trump And The Left's Accusations Of Fascism

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The stale ad Hitlerum fallacy used by progressives to demonize violators of the Party Line.

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Iran's War Against America

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

For thirty years, we have misread the beliefs that motivate the mullahs. 

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