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The Storm Before the Calm

The Storm Before the Calm By George Friedman Penguin Random House, New York, 2020 I can’t decide whether George Friedman is a genius or a crackpot. Friedman has made a career of geopolitical forecasting.  He’s founded a couple of consulting … Continue reading

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Crosscut Festival

I spent yesterday attending the Crosscut Festival at Seattle University.  I’ve gone to so many conferences through work that I can’t seem to break the habit of taking and writing up notes.  So here they are. The conference was organized … Continue reading

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The Myth of the Strong Leader

The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age By Archie Brown Basic Books, New York, 2014 We all admire strong leaders, leaders with a commanding presence, leaders who aren’t afraid to make tough decisions, who “tell … Continue reading

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Post-Election Reading

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in CrisisBy J. D. VanceHarperCollins, New York, 2016 The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott WalkerBy Katherine J. CramerUniversity of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2016 Before … Continue reading

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Coup in Egypt

What happened in Egypt yesterday is deeply disturbing. Whenever a democratically elected government, however rotten or reviled, is overthrown by a military coup, it’s a setback for the country and for democracy. The world cheered when the Mubarak regime was … Continue reading

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Book Review: The End of Power

The End of PowerBy Moisés NaímBasic Books, New York, 2013 Moisés Naím uses a lot of words that start with “d” to describe what’s happening to power these days; dilution, dissipation, disruption, diffusion, and decay. The full title of his … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Presidents Club

The Presidents Club:  Inside the World’s Most Exclusive FraternityBy Nancy Gibbs and Michael DuffySimon & Schuster, New York, 2012 Zillions of books have been written about individual US presidents and their times in office; biographies, autobiographies, histories, and critiques.  The … Continue reading

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