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It was a very good year for TEN CAESARS

It was a very good year for TEN CAESARS. The book made three lists of the best books of the year 2019: amazon, War on the Rocks, and National Review Online. TEN CAESARS was an amazon bestseller and one of the best books of the month for March. Thank you, everyone, for your support and encouragement. Happy New Year to …

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QUARTZ: What Ancient Rome can teach us about the US-China trade war

The current trade war between the United States and China and charges of espionage against Huawei have left the world wondering: What does China want? As suggested by its military buildup, its financial outlays abroad, and its aggressive rhetoric, it seems that the Chinese government wants nothing less than to make the country the hegemon of East Asia and a global power. The fate of Taiwan, the two Koreas, …

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The Death of Caesar in France

The French translation of The Death of Caesar (La Mort de César, Albin Michel, 2018) has received a warm critical reception. Here is a selection from recent reviews: “Caesar probably never cried, when addressing Brutus, ‘You too, my son?’ That’s what you learn reading the story of the last moments of the dictator, orchestrated by an American, Barry Strauss, who, …

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Won’t You Come Home, Bill Windsor?

About this whole presidential election thing…couldn’t it all be somehow less fraught? As William Seward, Lincoln’s Secretary of State once said, “We elect a king for four years.” Some of our presidents have been giants but most, not so much. Well, what if we didn’t need to elect a king because we had a king?   Imagine if America were …

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Magna Carta – An American Tourist

       After spending several months last year in the Library of Congress and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Magna Carta is back home in England. But events of the last century might have given it a very different fate. It’s a tale that involves the 1939 World’s Fair, the Second World War, an English cathedral and Winston Churchill. Eight hundred …

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“The US military is one of the greatest fighting forces in history”

At the USAF Academy graduation ceremony in Colorado yesterday President Obama said the US has the greatest military in the history of the world.” I was asked to comment and responded thus:   “If it’s pardonable exaggeration for the president to call the US military the greatest fighting force in history, it is not an exaggeration by much. No one …

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D-Day, A Myth to Live By

          I was five years old in 1959 when Cornelius Ryan’s The Longest Day appeared and it was probably another 20 years before I picked up a copy but I was already hooked. The 1962 movie – or, rather, the re-release several years later – made me a fan. It was, in its way, my Game of Thrones: an epic …

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

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 …