Hoover research fellow Stephen Kotkin discusses Conquest’s revelatory work on life behind the Iron Curtain, noting that Conquest definitively established the colossal scale of Soviet horrors, correctly identified their source in Marxist ideas and practices, and underscored the legions of Western dupes who retailed Soviet lies, beginning when Stalin was alive and decades thereafter.
Poet Sam Gwynn presents a talk on Conquest’s literary achievements and his relationships with well-known writers such as Kingsley Amis. Among his considerable gifts, Bob was a superb conversationalist. He had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh: the look of playful delight that animated his face as he nailed a punch line is impossible to forget.
Journalist John O’Sullivan investigates Conquest’s influence on Margaret Thatcher’s administration. Firm of conviction and excellently informed, Conquest provided countless politicians, including Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, with guidance about the roots of the USSR's policies around the world.
Hoover Institution fellow and former secretary of state George P. Shultz illuminates Conquest’s far-reaching influence on Ronald Reagan’s administration. Robert Conquest set the gold standard for careful research, total integrity, and clarity of expression about the real Soviet Union and provided guidance about the roots of the USSR's policies around the world.
Five years ago, Russia was in a much stronger position, both at home and in the world. Today, Putin is playing defense, doubling down on bad decisions guided by an outdated theory of international politics.