Arnold Beichman


Arnold Beichman passed away on February 17, 2010. He was a political scientist, writer, and former journalist. Biechman was a visiting scholar and research fellow at the Hoover Institution since 1982.

Bio as of January 2010:

He is an expert in international relations and American politics. He is currently researching political events in the former Soviet Union as well as developing a biography of former vice president Henry A. Wallace. Beichman is the author of five books: The Other State Department, Herman Wouk: The Novelist as Social Historian, Yuri Andropov: New Challenge to the West (coauthored), Nine Lies about America, with a foreword by Tom Wolfe, and The Long Pretense: Soviet Treaty Diplomacy, 1917–1990, with a foreword by William F. Buckley. Nine Lies about America was republished in 1995 with a new introduction under the title Anti-American Myths: Their Causes and Consequences (Transaction, 1995). His latest book is CNN's Cold War Documentary: Issues and Controversy (Hoover Press, 1999). His updated biography of novelist Herman Wouk was reissued in August 2004.

He is a regular columnist for the Washington Times, and his articles are published in numerous newspapers across the United States and Canada. Beichman has been a member of the editorial advisory board of the Washington Times since 1984.

He also has written for numerous academic journals and popular publications. His articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and Book Review, the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, the London Daily Telegraph, Commentary, Encounter, the Weekly Standard, Humanitas, the National Review, the AFL-CIO News, American Spectator, and the Los Angeles Times. He also has been a guest on many television and radio shows, including the PBS program Firing Line.

In 2001, Beichman's efforts to have the work of President Ronald Reagan and those who contributed to the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, recognized were rewarded when President George W. Bush proclaimed November 9, 2001 World Freedom Day.

A founding member of the Consortium for the Study of Intelligence in Washington, D.C., he is also a former vice president and trustee of the Philadelphia Society.

Before his career as an academician, he was a labor editor, a journalist at the United Nations, and a foreign correspondent. As a reporter, he covered such events as the Algerian rebellion, the uprising in the Belgian Congo, the war in Vietnam, the Nigerian civil war, and the war in Yemen.

Beichman taught at the University of Massachusetts, the University of British Columbia, the University of Calgary, and, as an adjunct professor, Georgetown University.

Beichman received his bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees in political science from Columbia University.

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Recent Commentary

Analysis and Commentary

by Arnold Beichmanvia Washington Times
Sunday, November 23, 2008

There is no better appointment in his incoming administration than for President-elect Barack Obama to keep the incumbent Robert M. Gates in his post as defense secretary.

Analysis and Commentary

To be Kristol clear

by Arnold Beichmanvia Washington Times
Sunday, November 16, 2008

It's 2012 and President Barack Obama is running for re-election...

Analysis and Commentary

Democracy's beacon

by Arnold Beichmanvia Washington Times
Monday, October 27, 2008

"Decadence begins," wrote the French thinker, Denis de Rougemont, "when people no longer ask, 'What are we going to do?' but rather ask, 'What is going to happen to us?'"...

Analysis and Commentary

Troubled nations' Hobbesian world

by Arnold Beichmanvia Washington Times
Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thomas Hobbes is a famous British political philosopher whose 17-century book, "Leviathan," remains a masterwork of Western political theory...

Mayor Bloomberg

The Mayor’s Curse

by Arnold Beichmanvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

Maybe he has a future on Team Obama, but Michael Bloomberg seems a lot more likely to follow other New York mayors into political oblivion. There’s something about that job. . . .. By Arnold Beichman.

Analysis and Commentary

Torrid trail of sex and politics

by Arnold Beichmanvia Washington Times
Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Spitzer sex-and-politics scandal reminded me of an almost identical British sex-and-politics scandal 45 years ago....

Analysis and Commentary

Pre-ordained political exit?

by Arnold Beichmanvia Washington Times
Monday, March 3, 2008

And so another New York mayor succumbs to the City Hall jinx...

Well-Spoken Dictators

by Arnold Beichmanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wasn't the first tyrant to speak at Columbia. Arnold Beichman remembers when Hitler's ambassador showed up in 1933.

Analysis and Commentary

Budapest 1956 cast recollect

by Arnold Beichmanvia Washington Times
Monday, October 22, 2007

One of the great debates in the 1950s was whether Radio Free Europe, a U.S.-financed Cold War agency was of any value as a weapon in the Cold War...

Analysis and Commentary

Post Toastie

by Arnold Beichmanvia Weekly Standard
Saturday, October 20, 2007

Up to the 1960s New York City boasted seven English language major dailies: the New York Times and its rival, the Herald Tribune, and the New York Post, the Daily Mirror, the Daily News, the Journal-American, and the World-Telegram...