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What We’re Reading: Merkel and Chopin

Angela Merkel: The Chancellor and Her World By Stefan Kornelius After 16 years as the most powerful person in (arguably) the most powerful country in Europe,...

What We’re Reading: On Bullets and Bastards

Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun By Paul Barrett Late last fall, on my annual hunting trip with some fellow idiots, a well-to-do friend of mine...

What We’re Reading: Polarization and Powerful Personalities

Why We're Polarized By Ezra Klein The day after a violent mob attacked the U.S. Capitol to try to obstruct the certification of a democratic election,...

What We’re Reading: Alphas and Armenia

Geopolitical Alpha: An Investment Framework for Predicting the Future By Marko Papic Back when folks could still meet for drinks in a hotel lobby, I found...

What We’re Reading: Migrants and Lies

Man’s Fate By Andre Malraux One of the great works of the 20th century was “Man’s Fate,” by Andre Malraux, about an abortive communist revolution in...

What We’re Reading: On War, Real and Imagined

A History of Warfare By John Keegan Waxing philosophical about war is nearly as old as war itself. Sun Tzu, Winston Churchill, Thucydides, Shakespeare; among these...

What We’re Reading: US Power and Nationhood

Exercise of Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World By Robert M. Gates For my first review of 2021,...

What We’re Reading: Sakhalin Island and the Making of Colombia

Sakhalin Island By Anton Chekhov Earlier, during my studies, I read a lot of Russian classical literature, including the works of Anton Pavlovich Chekhov. Chekhov is...

What We’re Reading: Bad Business and the Anti-Bonds

Car Guys Vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business By Bob Lutz Business is metaphysical. It begins with a vision of something...

What We’re Reading: Remembering le Carre

Editor’s Note: David John Moore Cornwell, better known by his pen name, John le Carre, died on Dec. 12 at the age of 89....

What We’re Reading: British Independence, Swiss Neutrality

A Short History of Brexit: From Brentry to Backstop By Kevin O'Rourke Middle England By Jonathan Coe A little over a year ago, back when such things...

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