reTHINK FDR, WWII and the Cold War

Herbert Hoover's 'Secret History' Unveiled- with George Nash, Hoover biographer and independent scholar

Herbert Hoover's 'Secret History' Unveiled- with George Nash, Hoover biographer and independent scholar

  • Lecture
When Nov 27, 2012
Where Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville
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Contact Phone 502-852-8811
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In 2011, the Hoover Institution Press released Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath, edited with an introduction by George H. Nash, PhD. Although Hoover completed his manuscript almost 50 years ago, it has just recently been made public.

According to Nash, Hoover wanted the book to be an irrefutable indictment of what he bluntly called the "lost statesmanship" of his presidential successor, Franklin Roosevelt. The book started as Hoover's memoir but evolved into a comprehensive critique of US foreign policy during WWII and the ensuing early years of the Cold War. To Hoover, FDR's prewar and wartime diplomacy made the world safe for Stalinist Russia, triggering a dangerous third world war–the Cold War–against a "Communist giant which our own leaders helped build."

During his McConnell Center lecture, Nash will tell the story and assess the significance of Hoover's book–a volume recently deemed a "must-read for anyone interested in the most consequential upheaval of the twentieth century."

About George H. Nash

George Nash is a historian and lecturer on the life of Herbert Hoover. His publications include three volumes of a definitive, scholarly biography of Hoover and the monograph Herbert Hoover and Stanford University. Nash is also the author of The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America since 1945. His Books and the Founding Fathers was published under the sponsorship of the McConnell Center.

Nash earned his PhD in history from Harvard University. He lives in South Hadley, Mass.

Additional Information

The event will be held in Chao Auditorium, located on the lower level of the University of Louisville'sEkstrom Library (link includes parking information).