Constitutions and Redistribution

Groningen, a.d. III Kal. Jul. MMDCCLXXI A.U.C., Currently I am reading the Federalist Papers, which defend the new constitution of the United States of America in 1787, at the same time as reading Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy by Albertus and Menaldo. Reading them together gave me a new insight (others probably have thought it... Continue Reading →

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Book Review: Bob Woodward — Plan of Attack

Leiden, a.d. VII Id. Oct. MMDCCLXX A.U.C., 'Plan of Attack' is quite an interesting book about the run up to the Iraq war in 2003. Woodward managed to get the principal actors involved in the decision making process to talk, so he was able to reconstruct this decision making process, and present the views of... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Henry Kissinger — World Order

Leiden, a.d. XIII Kal. Mar. MMDCCLXIX A.U.C., At the age of 92, Henry Kissinger, head of the National Security Council and secretary of state of the USA during the Vietnam War, is still as productive as ever. Last year he wrote what some have called his summa diplomatica: 'World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the... Continue Reading →

Book Review: R. Holbrooke — To End A War

Leiden, Non. Oct. MMDCCLXVIII A.U.C., "The road emerged from the woods and reached a steep incline above the Sarajevo valley, where, hugging the mountain wall, it suddenly narrowed. On our left was a nearly vertical wall, to our right a sharp drop-off. [...] As we approached the last French tank, we saw a soldier yelling... Continue Reading →

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