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Restoring Quality Health Care

Dr. Scott Atlas presents key reforms to meet the significant health care challenges facing the nation after examining the status of US health care, particularly in light of the Affordable Care Act. Atlas proposes a six-point, strategic, incentive-based reform plan for health care to instill market-based competition, empower consumers, and reduce the federal government’s authority over health care. Those reforms focus on restoring the appropriate incentives to increase the quality of health care and reduce its costs.
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Rugged Individualism

The authors look at the political context in which American rugged individualism flourishes or declines and offer a balanced assessment of its future prospects. They outline its path from its founding—marked by the Declaration of Independence&mdash:to today and look with some optimism toward new frontiers of the twenty-first century that may nourish rugged individualism. In considering reasons to be pessimistic as well as reasons to be optimistic about it, they also suggest where supporters of rugged individualism might focus greater encouragement and resources.


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Rules for International Monetary Stability

Reports on the results of a Hoover Institution conference on the need for a classic rules-based reform of the international monetary system. Five presentations of monetary research projects and two panel discussions focus on the deepening links of international monetary policy regimes, exchange-rate volatility, and international capital flows as well as the next steps for central banks as they assess the results of unconventional monetary interventions.


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The War That Must Never Be Fought

The War That Must Never Be Fought is a collection of essays exploring how nuclear deterrence should be understood seventy years after the first nuclear explosions. The contributors examine nuclear deterrence from the vantage points of nations in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, all of which have some form of security relationship with the United States. The contributors challenge deterrence theories developed during the Cold War to show that a successful effort to reduce and eliminate the nuclear threat must be based on a combination of regional and global joint enterprises.


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Total Volunteer Force

Tim Kane identifies and examines the underlying causes of personnel dysfunction in the US armed forces and suggests specific, decentralizing reforms to Pentagon policies. His proposals aim to move personnel strategies further along the spectrum of volunteerism, emphasize greater individual agency during all stages of a US military career, and restore command authority to colonels and captains that has been missing since the centralization of the 1960s.


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Zhivago’s Secret Journey

Paolo Mancosu continues an investigation he began in his 2013 book Inside the Zhivago Storm, which the New York Review of Books described as "a tour de force of literary detection worthy of a scholarly Sherlock Holmes." In this book, Mancosu extends his detective work by reconstructing the network of contacts that helped Pasternak smuggle the typescripts of Doctor Zhivago outside the Soviet Union and following the vicissitudes of the typescripts when they arrived in the West. Drawing from a rich trove of archival documents, Mancosu details events that were treated as top secret by all those involved, vividly recounting the history of the publication of Pasternak’s epic work with all its human and political ramifications.


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American Exceptionalism in a New Era

Edited by Hoover Institution director Thomas W. Gilligan, thirteen Hoover fellows discuss the unique factors that have historically set America apart from other nations and how these factors shape public policy. They show how America and its people have prospered and emerged as global leaders by prizing individuality and economic freedom and explore key factors in America’s success, including immigration, education, divided government, light regulation, low taxes, and social mobility. Finally they outline the ways American exceptionalism may be in decline, with consequences both at home and abroad.


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Beyond Disruption

Beyond Disruption: Technology's Challenge to Governance delivers a fine-tuned perspective on how the unprecedented pace of emerging innovations is impacting 21st century society. In a riveting look at technology’s influence on political systems and the well-being of the human race, commentaries assembled by George P. Shultz, Jim Hoagland, and James Timbie systematically evaluate how the Fourth Industrial Revolution is set to transform international relations and manipulate economic growth and virtual communications.

Originating from a fall 2017 Hoover Institution conference, the authors evocatively take on the plight of modern technology—from the vulnerabilities of the global operating system to the benefits of sophisticated medical diagnostic tools.


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Inequality and Economic Policy

Distinguished contributors explore various measures of inequality in America and ask why it is increasing and whether it matters. In examining those questions, the authors present new research on human capital and intergenerational mobility. The authors draw conclusions for public policy, paying particular attention to those at the bottom of the income distribution and the overall effects on economic growth.


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Invisible Slaves

W. Kurt Hauser discusses slavery around the world, with research and firsthand stories that reframe slavery as a modern-day crisis, not a historical phenomenon or third-world issue. Identifying four types of slavery—chattel slavery, debt bondage, forced labor, and sex slavery—he examines the efforts and failures of governments to address them. He explores the political, economic, geographic, and cultural factors that shape slavery today, illustrating the tragic human toll with individual stories.


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Keeping the Lights on at America's Nuclear Power Plants

Jeremy Carl and David Fedor discuss American nuclear power plant closures in light of major economic and policy challenges. They show how cheap natural gas, electricity market flaws, and a failure to capture the public imagination threaten America’s near- and long-term nuclear viability. They also make the case for continued nuclear investment, arguing that to permanently opt out of the nuclear enterprise would compromise American technology leadership, security, and commitment to curbing pollution and carbon emissions.


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Russia and Its Islamic World

Robert Service discusses Russia’s long and difficult relationship with Islam, within its borders and across the world, from the thirteenth century to the present. He maps Russia’s complex and sometimes contradictory interactions with its Muslims, nearby Muslim states, and the Middle East, exploring centuries of Russian territorial expansion, Muslim jihad, the Soviet assault on Islam, the fall of the Soviet Union, and Russia’s current bid to reestablish itself as a world power.


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The Structural Foundations of Monetary Policy

A collection of discussions and presentations from the Hoover Institution’s annual monetary policy conference, this volume discusses long-run monetary issues facing the world economy, with an emphasis on deep, unresolved structural questions. The conference participants explore vital issues affecting the Federal Reserve, the United States’ central bank. They voice concern over the Fed’s independence, governance, and ability to withstand future shocks and analyze the Fed’s monetary policies and growing balance sheet in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.


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Unstable Majorities

Morris P. Fiorina discusses the American electorate and its voting patterns in historical context, correcting misconceptions about polarization, voter behavior, and political parties. He argues that party sorting—in which the parties have become more homogenous internally and more distinct from one another—is the key to understanding our current political turbulence.


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Warriors and Citizens

A diverse group of contributors offer perspectives on whether and how public attitudes about the military have changed during fifteen years at war. They analyze extensive polling information to identify disparities between the military and the general public and explore, among other things, whether some of these could in time erode important elements of America’s beneficial civil-military relationship.


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