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Grey Eminence

Posted on: July 8th, 2012 by
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by Aldous Huxley Most people know Cardinal Richelieu as the architect of France’s foreign policy during the reign of Louis XIII and the Thirty Years’ War.  Less well-known is his right-hand man, Father Joseph du Tremblay, the subject of Aldous Huxley’s biography Grey Eminence, … Continue reading the story “Grey Eminence”

Thucydides: The Reinvention Of History

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by
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Donald Kagan Since it was written, the prism through which we study the Peloponnesian War has been Thucydides’s History. Virtually everything we know about the war, we know through his writing. It was Thucydides who established the first recognizable historical standards, eschewing myth and … Continue reading the story “Thucydides: The Reinvention Of History”

Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by
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by Lars Brownworth I’ve always been a sucker for the Byzantine Empire. The eastern outpost of what was once called Christendom, the last remnant of the old Roman Empire, slowly melted away on the maps, until in 1453, it gets winked out altogether. (The timing of … Continue reading the story “Lost to the West: [Read the full story …]

Tried By War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by
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by James McPherson On this, the 200th Anniversary of perhaps our greatest President – I’m still holding out for Washington, but perhaps that’s on the basis of his entire body of work – it’s worth considering his role as Commander-in-Chief. Not merely as described in Eliot … Continue reading the story “Tried By War: Abraham [Read the full story …]

In A Cardboard Belt!

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by
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by Joseph Epstein “I interest myself.” That was Joseph Epstein’s motto during his 23-year run as editor of The American Scholar. Not a bad philosophy, when your interests are as broad as his. He interests us, too, in his latest collections of essays, In … Continue reading the story “In A Cardboard Belt!”

The Founders On Citizenship And Immigration

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by
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by Edward Erler, Thomas West, and John Marini Last year’s immigration debate left quite an impression on the body politic. It certainly left an impression on the Congressional switchboard operator. But for all the sturm und drang, the discussion barely left the realm of conventional partisan … Continue reading the story “The Founders On Citizenship [Read the full story …]

Baseball Between The Numbers

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by
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BaseballProspectus.com “Boy, Davis looks fast this year.” “Yeah, but that speed’s overrated.” “Well, he had an EqA of .320…” “Sure, but his VORP was only a quarter of a win.” “And at 29, with no power, his PECOTA has him falling off pretty quickly. Just like the Rockies to overpay … Continue reading the story [Read the full story …]

The Myth Of Market Share

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by
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by Richard Miniter As countless dot-coms, their VCs, and three large car companies have discovered, buying customers is a lousy business plan. Put that way, it seems intuitive, but not until Richard Miniter’s short but powerful little book, The Myth of Market Share, had I seen it … Continue reading the story “The Myth Of [Read the full story …]

Animals In Translation

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by
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by Temple Grandin My dog doesn’t like change. He likes the same morning routine, at the same time, all the time. He likes treats to be predictable, although he won’t turn one down, ever. He knows the bedtime routine of treat-sleep. There are days he won’t … Continue reading the story “Animals In Translation”

RFID Essentials

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by
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by Bill Glover and Himanshu Bhatt Previously, I had the pleasure of reviewing Spychips, a book which looked at the potentially malevolent (well, apocalyptic, reallly) implications of RFID technology. Talk about taking all the fun out a subject. Bill Glover and Himanshi Bhatt have written a perfectly well-ordered … Continue reading the story “RFID Essentials”