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A LEADER LOOKS WHERE NO ONE ELSE DOES

In Hannibal's Path, Leadership, Rome, What Would Alexander Do? by Barry Strauss

“Others follow their own lead and their own emotions. Don’t be distracted but go straight on.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations You’re in a large room. Everyone is looking in one direction, following reports from the media. Mainstream media, social media, and alternate media – all are pointing the same way, and everyone follows. Everyone, that is, except the one person …

Barry StraussA LEADER LOOKS WHERE NO ONE ELSE DOES
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How to Network: a Present on Cicero’s Birthday

In Leadership, Rome, The Death of Caesar by Barry Strauss

January 1 is the birth of a new year and January 3 is the birthday of an old classic — Cicero. One of the greatest of history’s statesmen and speakers, as well as a brilliant writer and a penetrating philosopher, Cicero was born in Italy on that day in 106 B.C.   Put Cicero on your list of reading resolutions …

Barry StraussHow to Network: a Present on Cicero’s Birthday
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A Monument and an Election

In General, Rome by Barry Strauss

I have the privilege of spending a month living on a hill above one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Rome. My apartment window shows the dawn breaking on marble monuments, bronze chariots and winged victories, with the mountains as a backdrop. Around the corner stands one of the capital’s most beautiful fountains, built in 1612. The …

Barry StraussA Monument and an Election
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“MY HONOR FOR MYSELF” – The Liberation of Rome 1944

In Rome by Barry Strauss

The Allies marched into Rome on June 4, 1944. Some years ago I asked a US army veteran who was there about his experience. “It was the greatest day of my life,” he told me. “The streets were lined with crowds. Everyone was clapping and cheering: Americani! Americani! Viva gli Americani!” American troops came into town through the Porta San …

Barry Strauss“MY HONOR FOR MYSELF” – The Liberation of Rome 1944