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Book Review: ‘Fire and Light: How The Elightenment Transformed Our World’ by James MacGregor Burns


An uncritical presentation of the history of Enlightenment. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The War That Ended Peace’ by Margaret MacMillan


This new history of Europe's conflicts leading up to World War I lacks geopolitical context. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Art of Negotiation’ by Michael Wheeler


A learned treatment on the fine points of negotiation. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Firm: The Story of McKinsey And Its Secret Influence on American Business’ by Duff McDonald


A history of the consulting giant charts its game-changing influence on American business over the decades. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Assassination of the Archduke: Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance That Changed the World’ by Greg King and Sue Woolmans


His sons would end up at Dachau concentration camp after the destruction of the Austria-Hungarian Empire. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Then We Take Berlin’ by John Lawton


Admirable but underpowered launch of a new Lawton series focused on Cold War intrigue and nuclear secrets. Read More »

TV News: Susan Lacy To Leave PBS’s ‘American Masters’

Legendary producer of PBS signature series to lend her talents at HBO. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk’ by Dennis E Showalter


Cuts through propaganda and myth to provide a strategic and tactical understanding of one of history's greatest armored battles and a turning point of World War II. Read More »

Book Review: “Thinking in New Boxes” by Luc de Brabandere and Alan Iny


An excellent manual of business creativity will appeal to anyone seeking to reinvent himself. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Contagious: Why Things Catch On’ by Jonah Berger


Engrossing review of the insights from research into the psychology of sharing leaves this reader wanting more. Read More »