Honorary Citizen of Salamis

It’s been a month now since I was made an Honorary Citizen of Salamis, Greece, in recognition of my book, The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter that Saved Greece — and Western Civilization (Simon & Schuster, 2004). I still feel fortunate, grateful, and just a little amazed. This book has received a lot of attention, from reviews to book …

Best Views of Rome

Everyone who visits Rome has his or her favorite spots to view the city that needs more than one lifetime. Here are five of mine. Send yours, please! The Pincio The Gianicolo The Aventine The Cupola of St. Peter’s The rooftop of the Sofitel Hotel

McDonald’s Class War with Milan

Upscale shopping mall cancels the lease of a down-market store to make way for something more exclusive. Mass versus class – an old story, except that in this case, it involves the politics of global capitalism, an agile turnabout by a clever marketer, and the brio of Italy. Continued at: McDonald’s Class War with Milan, Real Clear History, October 22, 2012

Neo-Fascism’s Stunning Rise in Europe

The past weighs heavily on us. That’s the message that I got during the first week of a sabbatical in southern Europe. Two incidents, one in Rome and the other outside Athens, showed this roving historian firsthand the real presence of neo-Fascism. Continued at: Neo-Facism’s Stunning Rise in Europe, Real Clear World, October 5, 2012.

The Classics Shed Light on the Role of Leadership

Leadership is on our minds in this presidential-election year. Many books, schools and seminars teach leadership, and often well. But there’s no manual like the classics. Continued at: The Classics Shed Light on the Role of Leadership, Real Clear History, October 3, 2012

Killing of an Ambassador: A History Lesson

Killing an ambassador can lead to dire consequences. President Obama has promised that the killers of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other State Department employees will be brought to justice. Indeed. Justice is essential, but equally essential is taking the fight to the terrorists who were behind the attack. The U.S. government now suspects an al Qaeda link. Continued …