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Memorial Day 2016: Five Books on America’s Wars for Summer Reading

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As I headed out onto the lake this morning in my single scull, a large bird flew by off the port side. I stopped and stared and realized that it was a bald eagle, big, beautiful, majestic and moving slowly as if in salute. It has been our national symbol since 1782, and tomorrow is a national holiday. Memorial Day …

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How Anti-Trade Nativism Wrecked the Ancient Greeks

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In my latest op-ed, published on May 22, 2016 in the Wall Street Journal, I talk about how insular politics can negatively impact trade and the economy, both through the lens of ancient Greek demagogues as well as the current state of affairs leading up the American Presidential Election later this year. Scroll down to read the full article.   …

Barry StraussHow Anti-Trade Nativism Wrecked the Ancient Greeks
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Maskirovka and the Greeks

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As Russian jets buzz an American ship and plane during NATO maneuvers in the Baltic Sea, Barry puts it into historical perspective. See his latest post on the Hoover Institution’s Military History in the News.

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Happy Ides of March!

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Today is a great day…except if your name is Julius Caesar! To commemorate the Ides of March, there have been many notable postings on the Internet highlighting The Death of Caesar: The Wall Street Journal has published an excellent op-ed of mine discussing the leadership failures on March 15th, 44BC (reading the article may require a subscription so stay tuned …

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Something Special for the Ides Tomorrow…

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Friends, Romans, Countrymen! Something very special will be made available for you tomorrow on the Ides of March… On Sunday, March 13th, Barry was interviewed by Fareed Zakaria on Fareed Zakaria GPS (a CNN program) discussing The Death of Caesar and how the life of Julius Caesar related to the 2016 American Election. This will made available for the public …

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Caesar’s Last Hurrah

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            On March 14, 44 B.C., the day before the Ides of March, Caesar went to the dinner party from hell. The scene was the Roman house of his friend Marcus Aemilius Lepidus. Caesar brought with him another friend, Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus. Lepidus was a glorified errand boy for the dictator but he was a loyalist and Caesar had …

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The Great Santini

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The weekend brought the sad news of the passing of novelist Pat Conroy at age 70. I mourn him and send condolences to his family. His books bordered on bathos but also on poetry. I love them. They evoke a sumptuous sense of place in South Carolina. And, from the moment I first read them, they spoke to me, as …

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