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Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.
In the News

A Chilling Study Of The World's Worst Dictators

featuring Frank Diköttervia The Sidney Morning Herald
Friday, November 1, 2019

There is an astonishing scene in the 1994 Russian film Burnt by the Sun. A giant celebratory hot-air balloon bearing a portrait of Stalin is released at the same time, in June 1936 during the great purges, that the Soviet secret police arrest a legendary Red Army hero and "old Bolshevik". This moment juxtaposes the two elements that sustained Stalin’s Russia: public worship and political terror. They lie at the core of Frank Dikotter’s impressive and authoritative new book. Dictatorships employ violence to seize power and eliminate opposition. But to entrench themselves and survive, they also need popular consent, created and sustained through personality cults.

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Chiang’s Diaries To Be Made Public At Stanford

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia Taipei Times
Sunday, November 3, 2019

Copies of former president Chiang Ching-kuo’s (蔣經國) diaries are to be made public at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution in February, after a long-running dispute prevented them from being publicly displayed.

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Chiang Ching-Kuo Diaries To Be Made Public Next Year

quoting Hsiao-ting Linvia Focus Taiwan
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Copies of the personal diaries of former Republic of China President Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) will be made public in February 2020 at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, after a long-running dispute prevented them from public viewing. The joint announcement was made Friday by the institution, Academia Historica in Taiwan, Chiang Ching-kuo's granddaughter Chiang Yo-mei (蔣友梅) and the family of Chiang Hsiao-yen (蔣孝嚴), the former president's third son.

Jack Goldsmith speaks at Hoover's 2014 Fall Retreat

Jack Goldsmith: Live At Politics And Prose

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia Live at Politics and Prose
Friday, November 1, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith discusses his new book In Hoffa's Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth.

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Area 45: Joe Felter: The Pentagon’s National Defense Strategy

interview with Joseph Felter via Area 45
Monday, November 4, 2019

In an era of competitive influence with China and Russia, what are the policy implications for the Indo-Pacific region? 

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Inside Harriet Tubman's Life Of Service After The Underground Railroad

mentioning Elizabeth Cobbsvia Biography
Thursday, October 31, 2019
On June 23, 1908, there was a grand celebration in Auburn, in the Finger Lakes region of New York. At the center of the festivities was a seemingly delicate, elderly woman. “With the Stars and Stripes wound about her shoulders, a band playing national airs and a concourse of members of her race gathered about her to pay tribute to her lifelong struggle on behalf of the colored people of America, aged Harriet Tubman Davis, the Moses of her race, yesterday experienced one of the happiest moments of her life, a period to which she has looked forward for a score of years,” wrote The Auburn Citizen.
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Area 45: Lanhee Chen: Republican Rift?

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Area 45
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Lanhee Chen assesses the complicated relationship between President Trump and party regulars.


Halloween In California: Summoning The Ghost Of A Recall Past?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, October 31, 2019

What to purchase if you’re a California Republican and still in need of a Halloween costume?

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‘The Tubman Command’ By Elizabeth Cobbs

mentioning Elizabeth Cobbsvia Post Independent
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Harriet Tubman led over 300 slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad, making 19 life-threatening trips to the South. She guided fugitives north under the cover of darkness, evading slave catchers and mercenaries. I remembered these facts from history class, but not much more. When I saw this book on the library shelf, curiosity about Harriet made me pick it up. Reading inside the cover, I discovered that this incredibly courageous woman later served in the Union Army.

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Trump’s Economic Policies: An Assessment, Part II

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

In this essay: What the president has done wrong. 


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.