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Bruce Herschensohn

Stanley Bruce Herschensohn (born September 10, 1932) is a conservative[1] American political commentator, author and senior fellow at the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy in Malibu, California.[2][3]

Stanley Bruce Herschensohn
Born (1932-09-10) September 10, 1932 (age 87)
ResidenceWashington, D.C.
Spouse(s)Bunny Domenic, March 8, 1963
Parent(s)Herbert Lawrence Herschensohn
Ida Esther (Erlichman) Herschensohn

Herschensohn quickly rose to prominence in the Republican Party, becoming a consultant to the Republican National Convention in 1972 and joined the Nixon administration on September 11, 1972. He served primarily as a speech writer.[4] He left following Nixon's resignation, but served on the Ronald Reagan Presidential Transition Team and as an official in the Reagan administration.

Previously, Herschensohn has been a Distinguished Fellow at the Claremont Institute and a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has taught politics at the University of Maryland, Whittier College and at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy.[5]

Political campaignsEdit

Unsuccessful 1986 U.S. Senate primary campaignEdit

In 1986, Herschensohn unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for the United States Senate seat held by Democrat Alan Cranston. He finished far ahead of the crowded pack in most of Southern California[6] but finished second statewide to Silicon Valley Representative Ed Zschau, who won the nomination by plurality.[citation needed]

1992 U.S. Senate electionEdit

In 1992, when Cranston retired, Herschensohn won the Republican nomination narrowly, defeating U.S. Representative Tom Campbell, a more moderate Republican who had been on the faculty of Stanford University and who had been elected to Zschau's former Congressional seat. Herschensohn received 956,136 votes (38.2 percent) to Campbell's 895,970 (35.8 percent). The remaining 417,848 ballots (16.7 percent) went to Mayor Sonny Bono of Palm Springs, also a relative moderate. During the primary campaign and afterwards, Herschensohn became a close friend of Bono and encouraged his former rival to seek election to the United States House of Representatives in 1994.[citation needed]

Herschensohn lost the 1992 general election to the Democratic Party nominee Barbara Boxer, while winning over one million votes more than the national ticket of the Republican Party.



  • The Gods of Antenna, Arlington House. (1976)
  • Lost Trumpets: A Conservative's Map to America's Destiny, The Claremont Institute Press, Claremont, California. (1994)
  • Hong Kong at the Handover (Editor), Lexington Books, Lanham, Maryland. (1999)
  • Across the Taiwan Strait: Democracy: The Bridge Between Mainland China and Taiwan (Editor), Lexington Books. (2002)
  • Passport: A Novel of The Cold War (1st ed.). New York: I Books. 2003. ISBN 978-0-7434-7984-4.
  • Taiwan : the threatened democracy. Los Angeles: World Ahead Pub. 2006. ISBN 978-0-9778984-2-8. Retrieved December 7, 2008.
  • Above Empyrean : a novel of the final days of the war on Islamic terrorism (1st ed.). New York: Beaufort Books. 2008. ISBN 978-0-8253-0516-0. Retrieved December 7, 2008.
  • An American Amnesia: How the U.S. Congress Forced the Surrenders of South Vietnam and Cambodia. New York: Beaufort Books. 2010. ISBN 978-0-8253-0632-7.
  • Obama's Globe: A President's Abandonment of US Allies Around the World. New York: Beaufort Books. 2012. ISBN 978-0825306853.[7][8][9][10]
  • Author of films:[citation needed]
    • "Tall Man Five-Five", (Strategic Air Command)
    • "Karma", International Communications Foundation
    • "The President", U.S. Information Agency
    • "Bridges of the Barrios", U.S. Information Agency
    • "The Five Cities of June", U.S. Information Agency
    • "John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums", U.S. Information Agency
    • "Eulogy to 5:02", U.S. Information Agency
  • Contributor of stories to, among others:[citation needed]



  1. ^ Dershowitz, Alan M. (1998). The Vanishing American Jew: In Search of Jewish Identity for the Next Century. Simon & Schuster. pp. 158–159. ISBN 978-0-684-84898-3. ...Jews who came to the defense of the Christian right – including ... Bruce Herschensohn ... are among our most extreme political conservatives...
  2. ^ Richard L. Berke (June 1, 1992). "THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: Senate Race Primaries for Cranston's Seat Expose Rifts in California Parties' Ideologies; Republicans View Contest for Heart of Their Party". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Contemporary Authors Online". October 17, 2001.
  4. ^ "S. Bruce Herschensohn Exit Interview (National Archives), Nixon Library and Museum". Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved April 3, 2010.
  5. ^ "".
  6. ^ Simon, Richard (June 5, 1986). "Valley Candidates Took a Drubbing at Home in GOP Senate Voting" (Fee). Los Angeles Times Archives -Metro; 2; Zones Desk (Valley Edition). p. 8. Retrieved December 11, 2008.
  7. ^ Obama Carlessness Archived November 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Obamas Epic Failure
  9. ^ Book Review
  10. ^ Bruce Herschensohn Explains the Mess We Are In

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