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Dec 06

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

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Co-hosted by The Hoover Institution

Freedom Betrayed represents the culmination of an extraordinary literary project launched by Herbert Hoover during World War II. At last published, nearly fifty years after its completion – Hoover’s “magnum opus,” as it has been called, offers a revisionist reexamination of the war and its Cold War aftermath and a sweeping indictment of the “lost statesmanship” of Franklin Roosevelt. Freedom Betrayed originated as a volume of Hoover’s memoirs, a book initially focused on his battle against President Roosevelt’s foreign policies before Pearl Harbor. As time went on, however, he widened his scope to include Roosevelt’s foreign policies during the war, as well as the war’s consequences: the expansion of the Soviet empire at war’s end and the eruption of the Cold War against the Communists. On issue after issue, Hoover raises crucial questions that continue to be debated to this day – and in the process offers many arguments that challenge us to see our past in a different light.

Herbert Hoover (1874–1964) was President of the United States from 1929 to 1933. An internationally acclaimed humanitarian and author of more than thirty books, he founded the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace.

George H. Nash is a historian, lecturer, and authority on the life of Herbert Hoover. His publications include a definitive, scholarly, three-volume biography of Hoover and the monograph Herbert Hoover and Stanford University. A specialist in 20th Century political and intellectual history, Nash has also authored The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America since 1945 and Reappraising the Right: The Past and Future of American Conservatism. A graduate of Amherst College and holder of a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, he received the Richard M. Weaver Prize for Scholarly Letters in 2008.

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George H. Nash