Herman generally employs the Great Man perspective in his work, which is 19th-century historical methodology attributing human events and their outcomes to the singular efforts of great men that has been refined and qualified by such modern thinkers as Sidney Hook.
He argues that after passing through the critical era of rapid geopolitical changes in the 20th century driven by an "ideological fervor to transform humanity and create a more perfect world order", the world finally entered in the 21st century into an era of relative stability "defined by the balance-of-power geopolitics."
Herman advocates embracing the U.S. history in its entirety, including the American Civil War, rather than sanitizing it after the fact: "America is a country where the process of conflict and reconciliation, combined with the passage of time, brings out and embeds the qualities that make the United States one people and one community."
Presentation by Herman on The Idea of Decline in Western History, March 18, 1997, C-SPAN
Booknotes interview with Herman on Joseph McCarthy, February 6, 2000, C-SPAN
Presentation by Herman on How the Scots Invented the Modern World, January 10, 2002, C-SPAN
Presentation by Herman on To Rule the Waves, November 10, 2004, C-SPAN
Presentation by Herman on Gandhi and Churchill, May 15, 2008, C-SPAN
Presentation by Herman on Freedom's Forge, May 14, 2012, C-SPAN
Q&A interview with Herman on Douglas MacArthur, June 26, 2016, C-SPAN
The Idea Of Decline In Western History, Free Press, 1997 ISBN 978-0684827919.
Joseph McCarthy: Reexamining the Life and Legacy of America's Most Hated Senator, Free Press, 1999 ISBN 978-0684836256.
To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World, HarperCollins, 2004 ISBN 978-0060534240.
Gandhi and Churchill:The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age, Bantam, 2008 ISBN 978-0553804638.
Freedom's Forge: How American Business produced victory in World War II, 2012 ISBN 978-1400069644
Herman, Arthur (2014). The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization. ISBN 978-0553385663.
Herman, Arthur L. (2016). Douglas MacArthur: American Warrior. Presidio Press. ISBN 978-0812985108.
Herman, Arthur (2017). 1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder. ISBN 978-0062570888.
The Viking Heart: How Scandinavians Conquered the World, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021 ISBN 978-1328595904
^ abHudson Institute Experts: Arthur Herman, Senior Fellow
^Arthur L. Herman. The Saumur assembly 1611: Huguenot political belief and action in the age of Marie de Medici[permanent dead link]. Johns Hopkins University, Dissertation by Arthur L. Herman, 1984.
^The cave and the light: Plato vs. Aristotle and the struggle for the soul of Western civilization. Book Forum: Charles Murray, Alex J. Pollock, Arthur Herman, American Enterprise Institute, November 12, 2013.
^Random House Author Spotlight: Arthur Herman. Retrieved 2008-07-07