Richard Gamble

Richard M. Gamble holds the Anna Margaret Ross Alexander Chair in History and Political Science at Hillsdale College, Michigan, USA. Professor Gamble is the author, most recently, of In Search of the City on a Hill. He also serves as a contributing editor for The American Conservative.

How the Great War Changed America: A Conversation with Richard Gamble

Members of US Army 308th Infantry march up New York's Fifth Avenue during spring of 1919.This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of America's entry into World War I: "the war to end all wars." Richard Gamble, author of The War for Righteousness, joins this edition of Liberty Law Talk to discuss how American intervention into the Great War irrevocably changed the country.

John Lukacs’ Pursuit of Truth

History and the Human Condition

I must acknowledge at the outset of this review that it will not be an "objective" assessment of John Lukacs's latest book. It cannot be. My debt to him is too great. Given his emphasis on "personal" knowledge over against what he sees as the outmoded modern categories of "objective" and "subjective," Professor Lukacs will not mind my dispensing with the forms of such a review. Indeed, he will welcome such a departure from these conventions. Whether other readers will be pleased or annoyed is another matter. In the interests of full disclosure, as they say, there are very good reasons--reasons…

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The World America Unmade

The World America Made

Had Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan managed to win on November 6, Robert Kagan’s The World America Made would have taken on heightened significance. Even in the wake of the Republicans’ defeat, this hawkish historian’s advice to policymakers matters more than we might otherwise suppose. Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute and co-founder with Irving Kristol of the Project for a New American Century, served on the Romney-Ryan team as a foreign policy adviser, but he also caught Barack Obama’s attention earlier this year. Back in January, President Obama reportedly expressed his admiration for an article Kagan had…

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Searching for the City on a Hill: Tracing the Roots of America’s Metaphor

19th November 1620, The Pilgrim Fathers arriving on the Mayflower and landing in New England. Painting by Charles Lucy.

The next Liberty Law Talk podcast is a conversation with historian Richard Gamble of Hillsdale College on his challenging new book, In Search of the City on a Hill: The Making and Unmaking of an American Myth. Gamble provides a definitive intellectual history of this metaphor, now etched, albeit in symbolic new form, in America's national self-definition by Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. Gamble observes that before the imperatives of the Cold War and the need for powerfully stated arguments for American political purpose, the metaphor "City on a Hill" existed in the Gospel of Matthew's Sermon on…

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