Not so long ago, and for a very long time, great literature was the school of statesmen. Yale Professor Charles Hill recaptures the tradition in Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft, and World Order, just published by Yale University Press.
Professor Hill spent an incredibly distinguished career in the foreign service and in the State Department, where he rose to chief of staff. Among Professor Hill’s awards are the Superior Honor Award from the Department of State in 1973 and 1981; the Distinguished Honor Award in 1978; the Presidential Meritorious Service Award in 1986; the Presidential Distinguished Service Award in 1987 and 1989; and the Secretary of State’s Medal in 1989.
Professor Hill is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution as well as Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy, Senior Lecturer in International Studies, and Senior Lecturer in Humanities at Yale, where he is one of the principal teachers and presiding spirits in the Directed Studies program for freshmen as well as the year-long course on Grand Strategy for university students. Hoover has posted a brief version of Professor Hill’s résumé.
We have entered into an arrangement with the Hoover Institution under which we will be able to post full episodes of Uncommon Knowledge midweek after the initial segments have appeared on National Review Online. Professor Hill takes his place on the firing line in the latest edition of Uncommon Knowledge, hosted by our friend Peter Robinson. This is a superb interview including suggested summer reading for President Obama. Peter and Professor Hill, take it away.
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