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A World War II Marine looks back and wonders: Where’s the America of sharing?

I am now 91 years of age and it has been 70 long, wide years since I returned home on Christmas Eve, 1945.

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A great book revisited: Rosen’s ‘Winning the Next War,’ about military innovation

Some 20 years ago I read 'Winning the Next War,' by Stephen Peter Rosen. I liked it then. But recently I had cause to begin re-reading it, and this time I am flat-out loving it.


The Antonescu Paradox

Hitler’s Romanian ally led an utterly barbaric regime — that while often protecting Jews inside Romania’s borders, murdered them indiscriminately just outside those borders.

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Jim Collins on the ‘Good to Great’ leader

In his famous business study 'Good to Great,' Jim Collins identifies the transformative leader as somewhat surprising: 'an individual who blends extreme personal humility with intense professional will.'

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Remembering War (IX): Can republican virtue serve imperial ends?

Julius Caesar famously crossed the Rubicon in 49 BC, a decision that precipitated the collapse of the Roman Republic. While Caesar wrote his own account of the conquest, what did the surviving generation think of war and the imperial peace that replaced the Republic? The Roman authors that replaced Caesar and Cicero often wrote under the supervision of imperial patrons leery of subversive rhetoric. Two authors, Horace and Livy, responded differently and left us independent and timeless insights on military virtue and the objective of military service to the state.

The Cable

Don Rumsfeld Has Built an App to Play Cards Like Churchill

The former Defense Secretary's app offers players a form of solitaire with two decks reportedly favored by the British leader.

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‘Nous sommes trahis!’: Alistair Horne on the French trait of looking for scapegoats

"Gallic pride can never admit that the nation has been collectively at fault; inevitably, she has been betrayed by an individual or faction."

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