Monthly Archives for December, 2011



Thucydides: The Reinvention Of History

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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

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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: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization"

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

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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 Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief"

In A Cardboard Belt!

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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

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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 And Immigration"

Baseball Between The Numbers

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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 "Baseball Between The Numbers"

The Myth Of Market Share

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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 Market Share"

Animals In Translation

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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

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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"

Baseball Hacks

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by Joseph Adler

For me, it was the numbers. I didn't really discover baseball until I was in college, in the 80s, when a roommate left a copy of that year's Bill James Baseball Abstract in the suite. I was smitten. It wasn't just the statistics Continue reading the story "Baseball Hacks"