Arnold Beichman

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Arnold Beichman
Born May 17, 1913 (1913-05-17)
New York City, U.S.
Died February 16, 2010(2010-02-16) (aged 96)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Author, scholar, anti-communist polemicist

Arnold Beichman (May 17, 1913, New York City – February 17, 2010, Pasadena, California[1]) was an author, scholar, and a critic of communism. At the time of his death, he was a Hoover Institution research fellow and a columnist for The Washington Times. He spent much of his life as a crusader against communism.[2][3]

Beichman was born on New York City's Lower East Side, in Manhattan, in a family of Jewish immigrants from Ukraine. He received a BA from Columbia University in 1934, after which he succeeded his friend, Arthur Lelyveld, as editor-in-chief of the Columbia Daily Spectator.[4] Beichman spent many years in journalism, working for the New York Herald Tribune, PM, Newsweek, and others.[1] He returned to Columbia in his 50s to receive his M.A. and PhD in political science, in 1967 and 1973, respectively.

He gave his name to "Beichman's Law", which states: "With the single exception of the American Revolution, the aftermath of all revolutions from 1789 on only worsened the human condition."[5] His Jewish father Solomon Beichman was unhappy, because he wanted Arnold to be a rabbi. [6] Beichman is the author of a book on Herman Wouk entitled Herman Wouk: the Novelist as Social Historian. Additional works include The Other State Department, Yuri Andropov: New Challenge to the West (coauthored), Nine Lies about America, Anti-American Myths: Their Causes and Consequences, and CNN's Cold War Documentary: Issues and Controversy.


  1. ^ a b John Podhoretz, "Arnold Beichman, 1913–2010", Commentary, February 18, 2010
  2. ^ Obituary New York Times, March 4, 2010.
  3. ^ Obituary Washington Post, March 9, 2010.
  4. ^ Margaret Hunt Gram, "Arnold Beichman ’34: Anti-Communist Warrior" Archived August 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Columbia College Today
  5. ^ Arnold Beichman, "The lesser evil", The Washington Times, November 4, 2004
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 18, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 

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