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Andrew Nagorski at the Berlin Wall, early 1990, shortly after it fell

The Outside World Will Bring Down China's Great Firewall

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, November 4, 2019

Thirty years ago, I was in love — with Berlin. As an impoverished British graduate student paid in weedy pounds not mighty deutschmarks, I could live there more cheaply than in Hamburg or Munich, and so I spent the summer of 1989 in a friend’s apartment in the Kurfürstenstrasse, dividing my time between the archives and journalism. West Berlin was not only inexpensive, it was fun. But the real attraction was the parallel world of “real existing socialism” next door, on the other side of the Berlin Wall.

Analysis and Commentary

Randal O'Toole's Slam Dunk

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, November 4, 2019

Randal O’Toole’s recent book, Romance of the Rails, is a slam-dunk. Actually, that is an understatement. The book is full of slam-dunks. In chapter after chapter, O’Toole, a long-time fan of railroads, puts his fandom aside and shows what a disaster government subsidies to, and regulations of, rail transportation have been.


The Fall Of The Wall And My Years As The Spectator’s Man Behind The Iron Curtain

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Spectator
Monday, November 4, 2019

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be young was strictly optional. Most of the heroes of 1989 were middle-aged. The leaders of the velvet revolutions, the Vaclav Havels and Lech Walesas, had been through prison, tough times and many a defeat before this incredible victory. Sure, there were often students in the front line — blithe, unattached, unafraid; but what was most moving to me, as I talked to people in the crowds in Leipzig, Gdansk or Prague, were the older men and women who had endured so much and never believed they would see this day.

George Shultz

A Conversation With Former Secretary Of State George Shultz

interview with George P. Shultzvia C-SPAN's The Weekly
Friday, October 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow George Shultz talks about climate change, diplomacy, and his life in public service.

In the News

Jack Goldsmith Presents In Hoffa's Shadow: A Stepfather, A Disappearance In Detroit, And My Search For The Truth At Harvard Book Store

mentioning Jack Goldsmithvia Poets & Writers
Friday, November 8, 2019

Harvard Book Store welcomes Jack Goldsmith—author and Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University—for a discussion of his latest book, In Hoffa’s Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth.

Period Military History

Lt. General William G. Pagonis (U.S. Army, Ret.), Moving Mountains: Lessons in Leadership and Logistics from the Gulf War” (1992).

by Christopher R. O’Deavia Classics of Military History
Monday, November 4, 2019

Consider the 3x5 card. In all the video and still images of the Gulf War—lines of tanks and armored personnel carriers stretching to the dusty horizon, ships unloading supplies and ordnance, aircraft delivering a weeks-long bombardment before the ground invasion—there was no sign of what the author calls the “humble little cards” that played a crucial role in the logistics operations that underpinned the planning and execution of the conflict and the post-combat redeployment.

The Berlin Wall
In the News

The Fall Of The Berlin Wall With John Simpson, BBC4 — ‘Was I Wrong To Be So Optimistic?’

mentioning Timothy Garton Ashvia Financial Times
Monday, November 4, 2019

BBC’s longest-serving correspondent looks back at the tumultuous days leading up to the events and his coverage at the time.


Sunday Special With Ben Shapiro: Peter Robinson

interview with Peter M. Robinsonvia The Ben Shapiro Show Sunday Special
Sunday, November 3, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Peter Robinson discusses his life and the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.


The Military-Intelligence Complex

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, November 3, 2019

Many retired high-ranking military officers have gone beyond legitimately articulating why President Trump may be wrong on foreign policy, and now feel free to smear him personally or speak openly of removing their commander-in-chief from office. And the media and the bipartisan foreign-policy establishment are with them every step of the way.

In the News

'The Irishman': What To Know About Martin Scorsese's Mob Epic

mentioning Jack Goldsmithvia NBC News
Friday, November 1, 2019

"The Irishman," fabled director Martin Scorsese's new three-and-a-half-hour Mafia saga, debuts in select cinemas on Friday before dropping on Netflix on Nov. 27, just in time for Thanksgiving binge-watching. The dense, sprawling, surprisingly melancholic drama revolves around Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), a self-proclaimed hitman who said he gunned down Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) in 1975.


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.