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George H. Nash

George H. Nash was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on April 1, 1945. After graduating from South Hadley High School as valedictorian of the Class of 1963, he entered Amherst College, where he graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1967. He received his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in 1973.

Dr. Nash is the author of The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945, first published in 1976 by Basic Books. In 1996 an updated, hardcover edition was published by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. A paperback edition appeared in 1998. An expanded, thirtieth-anniversary edition was published by ISI Books in late 2006. The book has been translated into Spanish and has twice been adopted as a feature selection by the Conservative Book Club. It is considered a foundational work in its field.

More recently, Dr. Nash has written Reappraising the Right: The Past and Future of American Conservatism (ISI Books, 2009).

Dr. Nash is also an authority on the life of President Herbert Hoover. Between 1975 and 1995 he lived in Iowa near the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, where he prepared three volumes of a definitive, scholarly biography under the general title The Life of Herbert Hoover (New York: W.W. Norton & Co.). He was commissioned for this project by the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association. His biography drew upon research in hundreds of manuscript collections and archival sources in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. His volumes are considered to be the standard works for the periods of Hoover’s life that they cover. When Volumes I and II appeared in 1983 and 1988, he presented copies to President Ronald Reagan in Oval Office ceremonies in the White House.

Dr. Nash is also the author of a monograph entitled Herbert Hoover and Stanford University (Hoover Institution Press), as well as many published essays about Mr. Hoover. He was a featured interviewee in the documentary film Landslide: A Portrait of President Herbert Hoover, televised nationally on PBS in 2009, and in the documentary film The Great Famine, televised nationally on PBS in 2011. He is the editor of Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover’s Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath (Hoover Institution Press, 2011) and of The Crusade Years, 1933–1955: Herbert Hoover's Lost Memoir of the New Deal Era and Its Aftermath (Hoover Institution Press, 2013). In 2016 he contributed the introduction to the Hoover Institution’s reprint edition of Herbert Hoover’s book American Individualism (first published in 1922).

Dr. Nash is an independent scholar, historian, and lecturer, with specialties in twentieth century American political and intellectual history. He speaks and writes frequently about the history and present direction of American conservatism, the life of Herbert Hoover, the legacy of Ronald Reagan, the education of the Founding Fathers, and other subjects.

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