Hannibal on Leadership

In the run-up to the publication of Masters of Command on Tuesday, I’ll ask each of the book’s three masters for the lessons of his leadership. Yesterday I interviewed the ghost of Alexander the Great. Today I speak to the shade of Hannibal. Good morning, Son of Hamilcar. What makes you a greater leader than Alexander or Julius Caesar? “Both …

Alexander on Leadership

In the run-up to the publication of Masters of Command on Tuesday, I’ll ask each of the book’s three masters for the lessons of his leadership. Today I speak to the ghost of Alexander the Great. Good morning, Your Majesty. What makes you a greater leader, O King, than Hannibal or Julius Caesar? “I made many Alexanders. From Ptolemy and …

P-DAY is coming

May Day. Visions of country folk dancing around the May Pole. Of labor unionists marching behind raised banners. Of student rebels scuttling across Parisian cobblestones in ’68. Of Soviet era Politburoniks lining up above Lenin’s Tomb to salute the latest weaponry rolling across Red Square. And this year, I’m dreaming of a new May Day. It’s D-Day! Er, make that …

Rest in Peace

Driving downtown on Route 13 Tuesday night I saw an unaccustomed sight: the American flag everywhere. It was draped over the railing of the overpasses, which were filling up with people holding small flags. Flag-wavers gathered on the road beside the high school as I walked by. When I turned onto Green Street downtown, the road appeared to be blocked …