by | Dec 4, 2018

Vladimir Nabokov in Context Edited by David M. Bethea and Siggy Frank (Cambridge University Press, 334 pages, $79.81) The late great Russian-born novelist Vladimir Nabokov amassed a range of critical comments during his 78 years, more than enough to qualify…

by | Aug 7, 2018

An examination of human migration patterns over the past several thousand years demonstrates one fundamental truth: People seek places where they can be free and can pursue prosperity. This simple premise explains why the United States, the world’s beacon of…

by | Sep 19, 2017

This past week the 70th anniversary of the CIA passed without much fanfare, strikingly in-line with the clandestine nature of the agency. However at a time when our intelligence community is facing increasing public scrutiny, distrust, and even hostility, it…

by | Apr 18, 2017

In 1985 I spent 13 days in Russia — then officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.), but which I will call Russia for reader convenience. I traveled with 100 others, under the august auspices of the Smithsonian Institution….

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