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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.

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A Window into Modern Iran: The Ardeshir Zahedi Papers at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives—A Selection

by Abbas Milanivia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Never-before-published records of Ardeshir Zahedi, Iran’s ambassador to the United States and minister of foreign affairs throughout the 1960s and 1970s, reveal the inner workings of the shah’s government before the Iranian Revolution.

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Building Democracy on Sand: Israel without a Constitution

by Arye Carmonvia Hoover Institution Press
Sunday, December 1, 2019

Autobiographical anecdotes of the author’s life in Israel illuminate a philosophical discussion of that nation’s democratic vulnerabilities amid its identity conflicts and its absence of a constitution.

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.

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New Issue Of Hoover Digest Online

via Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 10, 2019

The fall issue of Hoover Digest is now available online. The journal focuses on topics both classical—the economy, personal freedom, the role of government—and timely, such as cybersecurity, terrorism, and geopolitical shifts. 

Dereliction of Duty

by H. R. McMastervia Books by Hoover Fellows
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Dereliction Of Duty is a stunning analysis of how and why the United States became involved in an all-out and disastrous war in Southeast Asia. Fully and convincingly researched, based on transcripts and personal accounts of crucial meetings, confrontations and decisions, it is the only book that fully re-creates what happened and why.

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Shot the War: Overseas Weekly in Vietnam

via Hoover Institution Press
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

We Shot the War: Overseas Weekly in Vietnam examines the legacy of one of the most popular and eccentric newspapers to cover the Vietnam War. With its mix of hard-hitting military exposés, pinups, and comic strips, Overseas Weekly earned a reputation as a muckraking truth teller.

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.

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To Begin The World Over Again: How The American Revolution Devastated The Globe, By Matthew Lockwood

by Elizabeth Cobbsvia Times Higher Education
Friday, September 27, 2019
Elizabeth Cobbs is unconvinced by a lively revisionist account of what the American Revolution did to the wider world.

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