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Uncommon Knowledge with Andrew Roberts

Featured image There are several outstanding one-volume histories of World War II. Martin Gilbert’s The Second World War: A Complete History is one of them. Gerhard Weinberg’s A World At Arms: A Global History of World War II is another. With no disrespect to others left unmentioned, we can now add to this select company Andrew Roberts’s The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War. This week on »

Uncommon Knowledge with James Delingpole

Featured image James Delingpole is the witty, right-minded columnist and blogger for the Telegraph. Among his several books are Obamaland: I Have Seen Your Future and It Doesn’t Work and, most recently, Watermelons: The Green Movement’s True Colors. The latter book provides the occasion for Peter Robinson’s interview with Delingpole in the latest installment of Uncommon Knowledge. Delingpole himself introduces the installment here, mostly in the form of a tribute to our »

Uncommon Knowledge with Baker and Ferguson

Featured image In the current installment of Uncommon Knowledge Peter Robinson interviews Wall Street Journal deputy editor Gerard Baker and Weekly Standard senior editor Andrew Ferguson. Baker has pursued a distinguished career as a journalist at the BBC, the Financial Times and the Times of London before undertaking his current responsibilities at the Journal. In addition to his work for the Standard, Andy also writes the Press Man column for Commentary, covering »

Uncommon Knowledge with Paul Rahe

Featured image Last week we posted Peter Robinson’s interview with Paul Rahe. Given our format, the interview rotated off the site after a few days. We should have another installment of Uncommon Knowledge next week. In the meantime, here is the interview with Professor Rahe, once more once, after a brief introduction. Paul Rahe is one of the country’s most distinguished scholars, but he has also proved to be a natural blogger »

Uncommon Knowledge with Paul Rahe

Featured image Paul A. Rahe holds the Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in the Western Heritage at Hillsdale College. In view of his classic three-volume study of Republics Ancient and Modern, Professor Rahe is the academy’s foremost authority on the history of republics. He is also the author, most recently, of Soft Despotism, Democracy’s Drift: Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville, and the Modern Prospect, a book that explains the deep roots »

Uncommon Knowledge with Thomas Sowell

Featured image Thomas Sowell is the one and only. His newest book of many is The Thomas Sowell Reader. Peter Robinson sat down with Sowell to discuss the book a couple of weeks ago, but Peter leads off this installment of Uncommon Knowledge with William Buckley’s introduction of Sowell on Firing Line 30 years ago. In the clip from Firing Line Buckley salutes Sowell for being “a scholar who has devoted his »

Uncommon Knowledge with Larry Arnn

Featured image Larry Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, the former president of the Claremont Institute, and the vice chairman of the Claremont Institute’s Board of Directors. As the president of the Claremont Institute, Arnn was instrumental in the founding of the original Claremont Review of Books, the Claremont Institute’s flagship publication and one of the flagship publications of the conservative movement. Among his contributions to the CRB is the »

Uncommon Knowledge with Paul Ryan

Featured image When the installment of Uncommon Knowledge featuring Peter Robinson’s interview with the invaluable Paul Ryan failed to arrive on schedule, we were afraid the Hoover Institution had cast us outside its circle of love. It was, however, only an oversight. Better late than never, we are pleased to present the interview, focused mostly on the politics of health care, in its entirety. This is a great interview on a crucially »

Uncommon Knowledge with Milton Friedman

Featured image This week Uncommon Knowledge brings us a blast from the past. A golden oldie. Host Peter Robinson rides in on a motorcycle to kick off the installment. Over at Ricochet, Peter commented when this episode ran last year: He may have been gone for [five] years now, but Milton Friedman, the Hoover Institution website display indicates, remains one of the most popular interview subjects ever to appear on Uncommon Knowledge. »

Uncommon Knowledge with David Berlinski

Featured image David Berlinski earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton and has taught mathematics and philosophy at universities in the United States and France. He is the author of such books as A Tour of the Calculus, The Advent of the Algorithm, Newton’s Gift, The Deniable Darwin, and The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions, as well as several detective novels starring private investigator Aaron Asherfeld. (His site posts a »

Uncommon Knowledge with Tim Groseclose

Featured image Last week we posted Peter Robinson’s interview with Tim Groseclose. Given our format, the interview rotated off the site after a few days. We should have another installment of Uncommon Knowledge next week. In the meantime, here is the interview with Professor Groseclose, once more once, after a brief introduction. With Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind, Tim Groseclose has written an important book. Indeed, it »

Uncommon Knowledge with Tim Groseclose

Featured image With Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind, Tim Groseclose has written an important book. Indeed, it may be the book of the year. Professor Groseclose measures media bias with social-scientific methods and concludes that: (i) all mainstream media outlets have a liberal bias, and (ii) while some supposedly conservative outlets—such as the Washington Times or Fox News Special Report—do lean right, their conservative bias is less »

Uncommon Knowledge with Charles Moore

Featured image As the result of an oversight last week we were unable to post the current installment of Uncommon Knowledge, with Charles Moore on Margaret Thatcher. This one is not to be missed, even if it is a week late. Charles Moore was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he read History. He has been editor of The Spectator (1984-90), the Sunday Telegraph (1992-5) and The Daily Telegraph (1995-2003). »

Uncommon Knowledge with Charles Hill and Fouad Ajami

Featured image We recently posted Peter Robinson’s interview with Charles Hill and Fouad Ajami. Given our format, the interview rotated off the site after a few days. I believe we’ll have another installment of Uncommon Knowledge this week. In the meantime, here is the interview with Professors Hill and Ajami, once more once, after a brief introduction. The installment of Uncommon Knowledge with Professor Charles Hill was the first that that we »

Uncommon Knowledge with Charles Hill and Fouad Ajami

Featured image The installment of Uncommon Knowledge with Professor Charles Hill was the first that that we posted on Power Line under our arrangement with the Hoover Institution. In the current installment Professor Hill is joined by Professor Fouad Ajami for a sort of all-star panel moderated by Peter Robinson on the clash of Islam and the West and the Arab Spring. Professor Hill spent an incredibly distinguished career in the foreign »

Uncommon Knowledge with Yuri Yarim-Agaev

Featured image We are late getting to the current edition of Uncommon Knowledge with Yuri Yarim-Agaev. A distinguished young physicist in the early 1970s, Yarim-Agaev was a graduate student at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology when he joined a dissident movement. In 1978 he joined the Moscow Helsinki Group, the dissident organization that monitored Soviet compliance with the human-rights provisions of the Helsinki Accords. Now a financial analyst in New »

Uncommon Knowledge with Andrew Breitbart

Last week we posted Peter Robinson’s interview with Andrew Breitbart. Given our format, the interview rotated off the site after a few days. We’ll have another installment of Uncommon Knowledge next week. In the meantime, here is the interview with Andrew, once more once, after a brief introduction. Our friend Andrew Breitbart is the consequential fellow who stepped out from behind his work for the Drudge Report and the Huffington »