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Tom Bethell

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Tom Bethell, a media fellow at the Hoover Institution, is senior editor for the American Spectator.

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Eric Hoffer, Genius—And Enigma

by Tom Bethellvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 6, 2012

His early years remain obscure, but the postwar writings and influence of the Longshoreman Philosopher proved incandescent. By Tom Bethell.

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The Mystery of Eric Hoffer

by Tom Bethell with Hoover Institutionvia American Spectator
Tuesday, April 3, 2012

We know very little about his life before he was 35...

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Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for China

by Tom Bethellvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The diaries of Chiang Kai-shek, now in the Hoover Archives, and the insights they offer into the long historical drama of modern China. By Tom Bethell.

A Politically Incorrect Guide to Science

by Tom Bethellvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

More taxpayer money will not give us better science. Why is this so hard for the federal government to understand? By Tom Bethell.

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Keith Eiler, Officer and Gentleman

by Tom Bethellvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

The virtues of a quiet hero. By Tom Bethell.

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Karl Raimund Popper: The Philosopher and His Papers

by Tom Bethellvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2005

An examination of the political philosophy and legacy of one of the most important minds of the twentieth century. By Tom Bethell.

The Economist

by Tom Bethellvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, October 30, 2004

“As an expositor of economic principles and their application to the policies of our day, Thomas Sowell has no rival.” By Tom Bethell.

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Our Schools Are Still at Risk

by Tom Bethellvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

The nation’s leading proponents of education reform met recently at a Hoover Institution conference in Washington to address two critical questions: How bad are our schools—and how can we fix them? A report by Hoover media fellow Tom Bethell.

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The Longshoreman Philosopher

by Tom Bethellvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 30, 2003

Eric Hoffer’s papers in the Hoover Archives run to many thousands of pages and include journals that have never been published. Hoover media fellow Tom Bethell examines the trove.

Failing Grades

by Tom Bethellvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

How race and ethnicity still affect party allegiance. By Hoover media fellow Michael Barone.

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