George H. Nash

Biography: 

George H. Nash is a historian, lecturer, and authority on the life of Herbert Hoover. His publications include three volumes of a definitive, scholarly biography of Hoover and the monograph Herbert Hoover and Stanford University, as well as numerous articles in scholarly and popular journals. A specialist in twentieth-century political and intellectual history, Nash is also the author of The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America since 1945, The Crusade Years, 1933–1955, Freedom Betrayed, and Reappraising the Right. A graduate of Amherst College and holder of a PhD in history from Harvard University, he received the Richard M. Weaver Prize for Scholarly Letters in 2008.

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Days of Reckoning

by George H. Nashvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 19, 2020

As the year of the coronavirus nears an end, consider the devastating flu epidemic of 1918–20, an even more severe trial of the American spirit.

On to the Next Hundred Years

by George H. Nash
Monday, January 20, 2020

Herbert Hoover’s namesake institution and its enduring ambition to satisfy intellectual hunger.

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On to the Next Hundred Years

by George H. Nashvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

Herbert Hoover’s namesake institution and its enduring ambition to satisfy intellectual hunger.

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Conservatives, Populism, and the Future

by George H. Nashvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 20, 2018

The populist uproar is understandable but dangerous. It can be harnessed.

American Individualism
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Herbert Hoover And American Individualism

by George H. Nash featuring Herbert Hoovervia Real Clear Books
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

In this season of political and ideological upheaval, the Hoover Institution Press is to be commended for reprinting a provocative book entitled "American Individualism", published by Herbert Hoover in 1922. Most people know that Hoover was President of the United States in the early years of the Great Depression.

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Hoover vs. the Great Depression

by George H. Nashvia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 11, 2016

After the Crash of 1929, Herbert Hoover took steps that were vigorous, creative, and even radical—if, alas, ultimately unavailing.

Publication of lost Herbert Hoover memoir concludes busy year for Hoover Press
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Herbert Hoover's Life and His Crusade Against Collectivism

by George H. Nashvia Hoover Podcasts
Monday, April 20, 2015

George Nash, a historian, lecturer, and authority on the life of Herbert Hoover, gave a presentation covering Hoover’s extraordinary life and career.

Master of Emergencies

by George H. Nashvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

During the First World War and its aftermath, millions of Europeans faced starvation. Herbert Hoover took up their cause. His work helped create the modern vision of humanitarian aid.

The Crusade Years

by George H. Nashvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 21, 2014

When Herbert Hoover left the White House, he remained intensely interested in world affairs, devoting much of the rest of his life to the struggle against collectivism.

Analysis and Commentary

Crusading Against Collectivism: A Lost Memoir by Herbert Hoover is Published

by George H. Nashvia Library of Law and Liberty
Friday, January 17, 2014

In 1964 Herbert Hoover died at the age of ninety. He had lived a phenomenally productive life, including more than half a century in one form or another of

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