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How to Be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century

by Frank Diköttervia Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

No dictator can rule through fear and violence alone. Naked power can be grabbed and held temporarily, but it never suffices in the long term. In the twentieth century, as new technologies allowed leaders to place their image and voice directly into their citizens' homes, a new phenomenon appeared where dictators exploited the cult of personality to achieve the illusion of popular approval without ever having to resort to elections.

Practical Lessons from US Foreign Policy: The Itinerant Years

by James Goodby, Kenneth Weisbrodevia Books by Hoover Fellows
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

In foreign policy, the Trump administration has appeared to depart from long-standing norms of international behavior that have underwritten American primacy for decades in a more interdependent and prosperous world. In this book, a diplomat and a historian revisit that perception by examining and reproducing several of their own essays during the past twenty years.

Leadership in War: Essential Lessons from Those Who Made History

by Andrew Robertsvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A comparison of nine leaders who led their nations through the greatest wars the world has ever seen and whose unique strengths--and weaknesses--shaped the course of human history, from the bestselling, award-winning author of Churchill and Napoleon.

To Build a Better World

by Condoleezza Rice, Philip Zelikowvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Two of America's leading scholar-diplomats, Philip Zelikow and Condoleezza Rice, have combed sources in several languages, interviewed leading figures, and drawn on their own firsthand experience to bring to life the choices that molded the contemporary world. Zeroing in on the key moments of decision, the might-have-beens, and the human beings working through them, they explore both what happened and what could have happened, to show how one world ended and another took form. Beginning in the late 1970s and carrying into the present, they focus on the momentous period between 1988 and 1992, when an entire world system changed, states broke apart, and societies were transformed. Such periods have always been accompanied by terrible wars-but not this time.

Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead

by General Jim Mattis, Bing Westvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

A clear-eyed account of learning how to lead in a chaotic world, by General Jim Mattis--the former Secretary of Defense and one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of our time--and Bing West, a former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine.

Defining Moments

by Bertrand M. Patenaudevia Hoover Institution Press
Thursday, August 15, 2019

A century ago, amid the devastation of World War I, Herbert Hoover established a collection of library and archival materials at Stanford University devoted to the causes and consequences of war. Founded as the Hoover War Collection in 1919, the institution has evolved into one of the world’s premier research centers devoted to the advanced study of politics, economics, and international affairs.

China's Influence and American Interests

by Larry Diamond, Orville Schellvia Hoover Institution Press
Thursday, August 1, 2019

While Americans are generally aware of China’s ambitions as a global economic and military superpower, few understand just how deeply and assertively that country has already sought to influence American society.

Churchill: Walking with Destiny

by Andrew Robertsvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Thursday, July 25, 2019

In this landmark biography of Winston Churchill based on extensive new material, the true genius of the man, statesman and leader can finally be fully seen and understood--by the bestselling, award-winning author of Napoleon and The Storm of War. 

Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency

by Larry Diamondvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Monday, June 10, 2019

From America’s leading scholar of democracy, a personal, passionate call to action against the rising authoritarianism that challenges our world order—and the very value of liberty.

The Historical Performance of the Federal Reserve

by Michael D. Bordovia Hoover Institution Press
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Distinguished economist Michael D. Bordo argues for the importance of monetary stability and monetary rules, offering theoretical, empirical, and historical perspectives to support his case. He shows how the pursuit of stable monetary policy guided by central banks following rule-like behavior produces low and stable inflation, stable real performance, and encourages financial stability. In contrast, he explains how the failure to adhere to rules that produce monetary stability will inevitably produce the dire consequences of real, nominal, and financial instability.

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