28 episodes

Security by the Book podcast series features monthly interviews with authors of important, new national security-oriented books and publications.

Interviews are conducted by Jack Goldsmith or Benjamin Wittes, the cochairs of Hoover’s Working Group on National Security, Technology, and Law, and take place before a live audience.

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Security by the Book podcast series features monthly interviews with authors of important, new national security-oriented books and publications.

Interviews are conducted by Jack Goldsmith or Benjamin Wittes, the cochairs of Hoover’s Working Group on National Security, Technology, and Law, and take place before a live audience.

    A discussion with Niall Ferguson on The Square and the Tower

    A discussion with Niall Ferguson on The Square and the Tower

    Recorded on March 14, 2018,
    A discussion with Niall Ferguson on The Square and the Tower

    The twenty-first century has been hailed as the Age of Networks. However, in new book “The Square and the Tower,” historian and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Niall Ferguson argues that networks have always been with us. From the cults of ancient Rome to the dynasties of the Renaissance, from the founding fathers to Facebook, “The Square and the Tower” tells the story of the rise, fall and rise of networks, shows how network theory can transform our understanding of both the past and the present, and provides a brilliant recasting of the turning points in world history, including the one we’re living through, as a struggle between old hierarchies and new social networks.

    Jack Goldsmith and Niall Ferguson sit down for a discussion on the history of social networks.

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    • 54 min
    Political Tribes with Amy Chua

    Political Tribes with Amy Chua

    The Hoover Institution hosted "'Security by the Book featuring Amy Chua" on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm EST.

    In her newest book, Chua argues that more successful foreign policy is only possible if the United States government acknowledges, and deals with, the realities of political tribalism. But Chua's analysis isn't limited to foreign political tribalism; she turns the magnifying glass inward to critique our domestic political culture. A successful America is one that overcomes the intense tribalism ripping apart our politics and our country by facing our inequities and differences no matter how difficult that process may be. Amy Chua was interviewed by Jack Goldsmith, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution.

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    • 59 min
    Max Boot's New Book, The Road Not Taken

    Max Boot's New Book, The Road Not Taken

    The Hoover Institution hosted "Security by the Book: Max Boot's new book, 'The Road Not Taken,'" on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm EST.

    Max Boot's new book, "The Road Not Taken" chronicles the life of Edward Landsdale, a relatively obscure but crucial figure in American military and foreign policy. In this new biography, Boot reframes Landsdale's legacy to demonstrate his contributions to American diplomacy, from the Philippines to the Vietnam war. While many of Landsdale's policy suggestions were ignored, they were insightful in their recognition of the importance of ideas and ideals in addition to cold and calculating warfare.

    Benjamin Wittes interviewed Max Boot on the complex role Landsdale played in American military history.

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    • 54 min
    Listening In: Cybersecurity In An Insecure Age

    Listening In: Cybersecurity In An Insecure Age

    New technologies have provided both incredible convenience and new threats. The same kinds of digital networks that allow you to hail a ride using your smartphone let power grid operators control a country’s electricity—and these personal, corporate, and government systems are all vulnerable. In Ukraine, unknown hackers shut off electricity to nearly 230,000 people for six hours. North Korean hackers destroyed networks at Sony Pictures in retaliation for a film that mocked Kim Jong-un. And Russian cyberattackers leaked Democratic National Committee emails in an attempt to sway a U.S. presidential election.

    • 46 min
    The Internationalists: How A Radical Plan To Outlaw War Remade The World

    The Internationalists: How A Radical Plan To Outlaw War Remade The World

    Recorded on September 11, 2017
    Jack Goldsmith, working group co-chair, interviewed authors Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro, examining the role that war has played in international relations from the sixteenth century to the present -- a role profoundly transformed by the "Internationalists," who created the rules and institutions that gave us seven decades of unprecedented peace between states. Hathaway and Shapiro argue that as the world stands on the brink of rejecting the global legal order the Internationalists built, this is a moment to understand what is at risk.

    • 46 min
    Destined For War: Can America And China Escape Thucydides's Trap?

    Destined For War: Can America And China Escape Thucydides's Trap?

    The Hoover Institution hosted "Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?" on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm EST.

    The Hoover Institution's National Security, Technology and Law Working Group, along with Hoover's Washington, DC office, invite you to a discussion of Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap? Jack Goldsmith, working group co-chair and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, interviewed author Graham Allison about why Thucydides's Trap is the best lens for understanding U.S.-China relations in the twenty-first century.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

sumflem ,

Beautiful contrast of a real thinker vs a blowhard.

Ferguson is informative and provides structure for his thoughts, Chua by contrast offers snippets of information and blusters through any framework of logical thought.

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