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Hoover Digest by topic: Political History

August 13, 2012

War and Remembrance

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Image credit: Taylor Jones

This is how the war ends: not with a bang, but with a three-day weekend. How should a nation honor its fallen? By Diana Schaub.

August 13, 2012

Why Reading Matters

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Image credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen—Licensed under Creative Commons

Literature still offers the keys to self-mastery. By Victor Davis Hanson.

August 13, 2012

The Risks of a "Sputnik moment"

Soviet Union’s launch of the first Sputnik satellite in 1957 stamp

Do we really want the federal government to launch a national curriculum? By Williamson M. Evers.

August 13, 2012

The Myth of the "Big Sort"

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In the information age, Americans’ political allegiances go far beyond their neighborhoods. By Samuel J. Abrams and Morris P. Fiorina.

August 13, 2012

"Leading from Behind Is an Oxymoron"

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Condoleezza Rice weighs America’s failures, successes, and diplomatic challenges yet to come. An interview with Peter Robinson.

August 13, 2012

A Strong Case for Freedom

This clash of candidates is not about policies but about visions—and conservatives see more clearly. By Bruce S. Thornton.

August 13, 2012

Hearts and Minds: Counting the Costs

Brenda Dwiggins
Image credit: U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Gabriela Garcia

The American way of winning popular support is now a well-oiled—and very expensive—strategic machine. By Thomas H. Henriksen.

August 13, 2012

A New Grand Strategy

The greater Mideast is being transformed. Now the United States must transform its Mideast policy just as dramatically. By Charles Hill.

August 13, 2012

Bright Spots in Indian Country

Loosening the bonds of bureaucracy has helped tribes begin to escape dependency and pursue prosperity. By Terry L. Anderson.

August 13, 2012

This Land Is My Land

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Image credit: Taylor Jones

From straight lines on a map, straightforward property rights grew. By Gary D. Libecap.