George Nash

George Nash

About George Nash

Dr. George Nash is the author of the classic work The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 and the multi-volume biography of Herbert Hoover: The Engineer: 1874–1914; The Humanitarian: 1914–1917; and The Master of Emergencies: 1917-1918.

Ronald Reagan’s Road to Conservatism

By |2019-10-24T11:06:44-06:00November 6th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, History, Liberalism, Politics, Ronald Reagan|

In the autumn of 1948, as Harry Truman campaigned to remain president, the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union produced a pro-Truman radio advertisement that aired on stations across the country. The fifteen-minute program had two principal speakers: a liberal Minnesota politician named Hubert Humphrey, on his way to being elected that year to the U.S. [...]

In Honor of Russell Kirk

By |2019-04-07T10:50:19-06:00June 11th, 2017|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, George Nash, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind, Timeless Essays|

What Russell Kirk did was to demonstrate that intelligent conservatism was not a mere smokescreen for selfishness. It was an attitude toward life with substance and moral force of its own… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join George Nash as he examines the life of Russell Kirk, [...]

How Firm a Foundation? The Prospects for American Conservatism

By |2017-05-17T21:15:59-06:00March 17th, 2017|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, George Nash, Richard Weaver|Tags: |

What do conservatives want? Limited government, they answer; free enterprise; strict construction of the Constitution; fiscal responsibility; traditional values and respect for the sanctity of human life. No doubt, but I wonder: how much are these traditional catchphrases and abstractions persuading people anymore? How much are they inspiring the rising generation?… (essay by George [...]

Keeping Reagan Alive in an Age of Impulse and Amnesia

By |2015-08-22T08:17:44-06:00August 9th, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Ronald Reagan|Tags: |

Perhaps the most important fact to assimilate about modern American conservatism is that it is not, and has never been, monolithic. It is a coalition with many points of origin and diverse tendencies, not always easy to reconcile. And because of this fact, there has long been a felt need among many conservatives to integrate [...]

Herbert Hoover’s Crusade Against Collectivism

By |2014-01-24T09:28:52-06:00January 21st, 2014|Categories: Books, George Nash, History, New Deal|Tags: |

This excerpt is adapted from The Crusade Years, 1933–1955: Herbert Hoover’s Lost Memoir of the New Deal Era and Its Aftermath, edited and with an introduction by George H. Nash (Hoover Institution Press, 2013). Editor's Introduction On a cool October morning in 1964, Herbert Hoover died in New York City at the age of ninety. [...]

A Conservative Historian’s Memoir

By |2016-01-22T00:06:19-06:00October 5th, 2013|Categories: Books, Forrest McDonald, George Nash|Tags: |

Recovering the Past: A Historian’s Memoir, by Forrest McDonald As a talented college athlete in the 1940s, Forrest McDonald hoped to become a major league baseball player. He might well have succeeded, had he been able to hit a curve ball. Fortunately for students and scholars of American history, he soon discovered where his [...]

Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover’s Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath

By |2014-02-03T11:46:25-06:00November 20th, 2011|Categories: Books, Foreign Affairs, George Nash|Tags: |

Excerpt from: Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover’s Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath, Edited with an Introduction by George H. Nash (Hoover Institution Press, 2011) The Blunders of Statesmen (From the Editor’s Introduction) In November 1951, a public relations executive named John W. Hill met Herbert Hoover at a dinner in New York City. It [...]