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The Gipper and the Hedgehog

Glenn Garvin writes a positive and good review of Peter Schweitzer’s "Reagan’s War: The Epic Story of His Forty Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism."

So how did Reagan do it? The answer, suggests Hoover Institution researcher and Cold War historian Peter Schweizer in his new book, Reagan’s War, can probably be found in Isaiah Berlin’s essay "The Fox and the Hedgehog." Berlin, musing on an obscure line penned by the Greek poet Archilochus, argued it was a modern typology. Archilochus wrote that the fox knows many things, while the hedgehog knows one big thing. Berlin characterized foxes as running hither and yon, taking actions that are unconnected by any guiding principle and that may even be at odds with one another. "Hedgehogs, on the other hand," writes Schweizer, "relate everything to a single central vision."  

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You may remember that I wrote an Ashbrook editorial in September, 2001 entitled "Ronald Reagan: Hedgehog." Bush seems to be a hedgehod too.

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