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Edmund Burke on the French Revolution – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 7th, 2012 · No Comments · Democracy, History, Politics

A prescient Edmund Burke on the early days of the French Revolution: “It is known; that armies have hitherto yielded a very precarious and uncertain obedience to any senate, or popular authority; and they will least of all yield it to an assembly which is only to have a continuance of two years. The officers […]

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Treason is a matter of dates – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr 

May 11th, 2012 · No Comments · History, Leadership, Politics, Quotes

To be right before one’s time is to be wrong – I suppose this is an eternal truth. As Talleyrand advised, ‘Treason is a matter of dates.’

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Character Begets Power in a Crisis – “The Guns of August 1914”, Barbara Tuchman

April 2nd, 2012 · No Comments · Leadership, Quotes

In the (French) President, however, intelligence, experience and strength of purpose, if not constitutional power, were combined. Poincare was a lawyer, economist and member of the Academy, a former finance minister who had served as Permier and Foreign Minister in 1912 and had been elected President of France in January 1913. Character begets power, especially […]

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Nothing in France is Free From Sexual Assignment – “Me Talk Pretty One Day” – David Sedaris

March 29th, 2012 · No Comments · Humour, Prose, Writing

Nothing in France is free from sexual assignment. I was leafing through the dictionary, trying to complete a homework assignment, when I noticed the French had prescribed genders for the various land masses and natural wonders we Americans had always thought of as sexless, Niagara Falls is feminine and, against all reason, the Grand Canyon […]

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Pavlov’s House – “Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943” – Antony Beevor

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments · Criticism, Humour, War, WW2

During the huge battles for the northern industrial sector of the city, house-fighting, with local attacks and counter-attacks, had continued in the central districts. One of the most famous episodes fo the Stalingrad battle was the defence of ‘Pavlov’s House’, which lasted for fifty-eight days. At the end of September, a platoon from the 42nd […]

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