Bruce Thornton

Bruce Thornton

Research Fellow

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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Analysis and Commentary

Hillary And The FBI

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Friday, May 20, 2016

Yet another milestone on the road to tyranny.

Analysis and Commentary

The Party Of Scientism, Not Science

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Thursday, May 19, 2016

The gruesome history of left-wing scientific fakery.

Analysis and Commentary

The Progressive Lust For Power

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Left's camouflage that hides its real motive.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump And The Republican Drama Obscures The Real Crisis

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The most important issue the new president will face continues to be sidelined.

Analysis and Commentary

Can Trump Beat Hillary?

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Why the presumptive Republican presidential nominee may defy the conventional wisdom once again.


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.

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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.


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."