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So Much For Summer Reading

quoting Amy Zegartvia Stanford News
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Faculty affiliated with the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) have apparently moved on from the usual summer reading of spy thrillers and detective mysteries. Instead, they offer some serious reading recommendations about subjects ranging from national security policies to the Vietnam War to post-Soviet Union reality.


Forgotten Images Of The Vietnam War Made For The Americans Who Fought In It

featuring Hoover Institutionvia The New York Times
Thursday, August 30, 2018

For more than four decades, Art Greenspon kept his recollections of photographing the Vietnam War for Overseas Weekly tucked away deep in his memory, as inaccessible as the images themselves. Then, in 2014, a treasure trove of 35 mm negatives emerged from the gloom of a Scandinavian cellar, vividly reminding Mr. Greenspon of his time working for the scrappy little alternative tabloid.

Count Mauro Tosti Valminuta,  Uruguay, 1925
In the News

Italian Diplomat’s Scrapbooks Received By The Hoover Archives

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Two albums containing an eclectic mix of materials gathered by Mauro Tosti di Valminuta, one of Benito Mussolini’s trusted diplomats, were added to Hoover holdings.  The collection covers Tosti’s assignments from 1919 until 1933 in Europe and South America.  The albums offer interesting vignettes from the daily life of a career Italian foreign service officer.

In the News

Dangerous Experiments

quoting Frank Diköttervia Korea Joongang Daily
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
In “Mao’s Great Famine,” Dutch historian Frank Dikotter illustrates the catastrophe of government mismanagement in grim detail: at one collective farm, where one in 20 residents died in 1960, children were being eaten

The End of the Asian Century

by Michael R. Auslinvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Since Marco Polo, the West has waited for the “Asian Century.” Today, the world believes that Century has arrived. Yet from China’s slumping economy to war clouds over the South China Sea and from environmental devastation to demographic crisis, Asia’s future is increasingly uncertain. Historian and geopolitical expert Michael Auslin argues that far from being a cohesive powerhouse, Asia is a fractured region threatened by stagnation and instability.


Bill Whalen: What If Bill Clinton Resigned In Shame For Lying About Lewinsky In August 1998?

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his Forbes article "If Bill Clinton Had Taken The High Road, Would The Road Be Different For Trump And Republicans?"

John McCain
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How John McCain’s Temper Drove Him From Hanoi Hilton To The Senate

quoting Niall Fergusonvia The Observer
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

In winter 2007, John McCain’s presidential bid was bleeding for money. The campaign had fired senior staff. 

Analysis and Commentary

If Hillary Clinton Had Won, US Politics Would Be Even Crazier

by Niall Ferguson quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Boston Globe
Monday, August 27, 2018

My six-year-old son and I have been reading Philip Pullman’s extraordinary trilogy, “His Dark Materials.” (We had run out of Harry Potter.) Pullman’s books are a kind of atheist antidote to C.S. Lewis’s delightful “Narnia” series. Central to the plot is the idea, derived from modern physics, that our universe is just one of an infinite number of universes and that there could be “wormholes” that connect one universe to another.

Foreign Policy

Chinese Views on the Singapore Summit Between Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong-un

by Michael D. Swainevia China Leadership Monitor
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Chinese observers generally view the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a positive step towards denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

In the News

Alsos Mission Films Now Available For Streaming

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Hoover Archives has digitized and made available several reels of film from the Boris T. Pash papers on its recently revitalized YouTube channel.



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.