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Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, October 20, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his recent book The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won.

Analysis and Commentary

The First Totalitarian

by Josef Joffementioning Robert Servicevia The New York Times
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Can first-rate history read like a thriller? With “Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror,” the journalist Victor Sebestyen has pulled off this rarest of feats — down to the last of its 569 pages. How did he do it? Start with a Russian version of “House of Cards” and behold Vladimir Ilyich Lenin pre-empt Frank Underwood’s cynicism and murderous ambition by 100 years. 

Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.
In the News

A Portrait Of Stalin In All His Murderous Contradictions

featuring Stephen Kotkinvia The New York Times
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dictators lend themselves to caricature. We label them sociopaths, paranoiacs or just victims of bad childhoods. We flatten them in order to explain our own times. Saddam Hussein is Hitler; Vladimir Putin is Peter the Great; Donald Trump is Mussolini. Sometimes, we are told, they simply defy explanation. In a 1939 radio address, Winston Churchill conceded defeat in his efforts to understand Stalin’s Soviet Union. “It is,” Churchill said, “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

Analysis and Commentary

Condoleezza Rice On The 10 Days Still Shaking The World

by Condoleezza Ricevia The New York Times
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

“This is where it happened,” my Russian guide declared. It was 1979 and I was a graduate student in Moscow for the summer. A side trip to Leningrad was a must for me, a first time traveler to the country. “Czar Alexander II was riding down this road when the assassins struck,” she said. Almost under her breath, she added, “He was a reformer.” Any hope for the liberalization of Russia seemed to die with the czar who had freed the serfs and attempted to modernize the country.

Analysis and Commentary

An Avoidable Great War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Far from being inevitable, World War II resulted from the Allies’ failure to muster their combined resources and power in the service of deterring Hitler.

Stephen Kotkin reviews ‘The Future Is History’ by Masha Gessen.
Analysis and Commentary

Review: Lamenting The Motherland

by Stephen Kotkinvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Examining the psyche of modern Russia, through the eyes of those born at the end of the Soviet era and who grew up at a time of hope. Stephen Kotkin reviews ‘The Future Is History’ by Masha Gessen.

Interviews

Niall Ferguson: The Rise And Fall And Rise Of The Network

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his recent book The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Deadly Cost Of Mutual Misunderstanding

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hitler went to war without an accurate conception of the Allies’ strength. The Allies did the same without an accurate conception of Hitler’s ambition. Unprecedented bloodshed ensued.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson On The Larry O'Connor Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Larry O'Connor Show
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his new book, The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won.

US Department of Justice
Analysis and Commentary

Obama's DOJ Slow-Walked Probe Despite National Security Concerns

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

In their recent article in The Hill, John Solomon and Alison Spann reported on the Obama Justice Department’s slow-walk investigation of Moscow’s bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering “designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States.”

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