Russia and the West…..

“The guard is tired.” With that simple phrase, the newly installed Bolshevik regime in Russia dismissed the duly elected Constituent Assembly in January 1918. And, one might say, so started Russia’s century-long interference in elections and electoral outcomes. In his new book Rigged: America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference (Knopf, 2020), David Shimer narrates in meticulous but page-turning detail a century of covert electoral interference, by both the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and continuing to this day with a focus on post-Soviet Russia’s efforts to affect US politics. His account of the …

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Random Book Project #3: The Sinews of American Commerce (1941)

Is it acceptable to post about something other than the social and political crises wracking our nation at the present moment? Might anything less than 100% devotion to a pressing cause–whatever that cause may be–be considered a hostile act?  I hope not; I believe not. We entered this crisis period with our individual interests, our individual histories. They did not cease to exist even though they may be  overshadowed at the moment. Continuing to pursue them does not entail thinking any less of the issues dominating the news today. So I am going forward with what some may consider a …

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Random Book Project: Episode 1

I’m launching something I call the Random Book Project. Its purpose is to give additional “life” to some of the books that I have collected over the years and are gathering dust on my shelves. These books are disappearing in the digital age. They are left in a decreasing number of public and university libraries, before they are ultimately “de-accessioned.” Some hardbacks end up as color coordinated staging in steak houses and boutique hotels. The Random Book Project attempts to give these books at least a minimal digital presence for works that Project Gutenberg and Google Books will likely skip. …

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