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Jack Goldsmith: Scholars Explore ‘Law In American History, Vol. III’

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia University of Virginia School of Law
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith discusses UVA Law professor G. Edward White’s final volume in his “Law in American History” series.

Analysis and Commentary

Christopher Columbus: A Progressive Tool For Discrediting America

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Left’s vicious assault on American history ensues.


Jack Goldsmith: Living Life 'In Hoffa's Shadow'

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia Amanpour (CNN International)
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith speaks about his time in the Bush Administration, executive power, and his personal connection to Jimmy Hoffa, which he writes about in his new book In Hoffa's Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth.

In the News

An Open Letter To Sergey Brin

mentioning Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Townhall
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Dear Mr. Brin: Fifty years ago this week, when I was a 21-year-old college senior, I was in the Soviet Union, sent by the government of Israel to smuggle in Jewish religious items and smuggle out names of Jews who wanted to escape the Soviet Union and could then be issued a formal invitation to Israel.

In the News

Nobel Prize Winner Abhijit Banerjee A Product Of India's Educational System, Says Raghuram Rajan

featuring Raghuram Rajanvia Business Today
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Former RBI governor Rajan in his post on LinkedIn highlighted that it is a proud moment for India as Banerjee was largely educated in the country.

In the News

Did The Founders Ever Imagine Our Culture Crumbling As It Is Today?

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Blue Field Daily Telegraph
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The year was 1492. The month was August. The mission was to find, at the behest of Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, the riches of Asia. Lacking the magic of GPS, Waze and Google Maps that we know, the challenge was a daunting one. Instead of arriving in Asia, navigation by the stars led Italian explorer Christopher Columbus to the Americas two months later, opening an entire New World for mankind to explore.

Jack Goldsmith speaks at Hoover's 2014 Fall Retreat
In the News

Jack Goldsmith - In Hoffa's Shadow: A Stepfather, A Disappearance In Detroit, And My Search For The Truth

mentioning Jack Goldsmithvia Politics and Prose
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

There have been many theories about the fate of Jimmy Hoffa, the longtime president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, since he disappeared in 1975. Many involve Charles “Chuckie” O’Brien, Hoffa’s aide and Goldsmith’s stepfather. In this compelling investigation-cum-memoir, Goldsmith, Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University and author of Terror Presidency and Power and Constraint, recounts how his childhood affection for O’Brien became more complicated as he pursued a legal career. Then, with the perspective he gained from serving as assistant attorney general under George W. Bush, Goldsmith was moved to uncover the truth about O’Brien, Hoffa, the mob, the waning of labor’s power, and the rise of the surveillance state.

Weapons & Technology

John E. Clark, Jr., Railroads in the Civil War: The Impact of Management on Victory and Defeat (2001)

by Christopher R. O’Deavia Classics of Military History
Monday, October 14, 2019

This short volume illustrates the importance of management practices and political culture in adapting an emerging technology to the demands of war. The author’s position is clear—Clark contends that despite having a considerable number of rail lines within its territory, the basis of the claim that the South had an advantage early in the conflict in the form of “internal lines of communication,” and the legal authority to take control of the railroads for military purposes, the Confederate leadership “proved unable” to recognize the increasing importance of logistics as the conflict wore on.

Analysis and Commentary

Friedrich Engels Answers The Question All Libertarians Have Been Asked

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, October 13, 2019

Who will build the roads? Every libertarian I know who has been one for 5 years or more has been asked this question. Our answer is typically that for-profit firms will build roads and that sometimes neighborhood associations will do so.

Analysis and Commentary

Daniel Kuehn On Aaron Director

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, October 11, 2019

Aaron Director had an enormous impact on antitrust law, first through the activities of the Free Market Study (1946-1952) and the Antitrust Project (1953-1957), and through his subsequent work and teaching at the University of Chicago Law School.


Military History Working Group

The Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict examines how knowledge of past military operations can influence contemporary public policy decisions concerning current conflicts.