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The Early History of Rome: Books I-V of the History of Rome from its Foundation
I read the reviews of Livy's History and I see that his writing has been badly misunderstood. Critics make two charges against it; one worthless, and ...more
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Sep 03, 2008
The Cold War: A New History
The Cold War: A New History is among the latest entries by John Lewis Gaddis on the history and politics of the Cold War. Though it reviews a time sti ...more
Oct 20, 2009
Oct 08, 2009
Acheson: The Secretary of State Who Created the American World
A fine book. Chace does many things well. His biography of Acheson accomplishes all the essentials that a book of this kind must. The read itself is f ...more
Feb 23, 2009
Feb 08, 2009
How to Speak, How to Listen
Listen to How I Speak would have been the better title for Adler's didactic abortion How to Speak, How to Listen. A book that styles itself as a how t ...more
Sep 2008
Aug 29, 2008
Rhetorical Grammar: Grammatical Choices, Rhetorical Effects
One needn't go far into this entry to discover I am not a grammatical wizard. It shames me to confess that I am one of those people who, as a young st ...more
Sep 20, 2008
Aug 31, 2008
On War, Indexed Edition
Ranked one of the great contributions in the literature of war, Clausewitz's book, "On War", presents a wide-ranging and very intellectual discussion ...more
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Oct 05, 2009
The Orator's Education, Vol 1: Books 1-2
The "Orator's Education" is a book that is exactly that--or the next closest thing. Quintilian's project is to outline the course for an orator's care ...more
Feb 2009
Jan 25, 2009
Diplomacy in the Middle East: The International Relations of Regional and Outsid
It will be difficult to fill this space with life or charge it with energy since the book, which is this entries subject, itself is a languid, uninspi ...more
Dec 16, 2008
Dec 06, 2008
The Common Law
A wonderful exploration of the anomalies that appear in the common law. The book's title is a little misleading since unlike Blackstone, Holmes is not ...more
Jun 25, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
The Utilitarianism
What explains why it is that some things are judged right and others judged wrong? If I vacuum my apartment by day, my roommate is satisfied and my ac ...more
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May 23, 2009
From Napoleon to the Second International
This book is not the single continuous monograph that winds its way from front cover all the way through to back. It is composed instead of several es ...more
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Jun 11, 2009
The Basis of Obligation in International Law and Other Papers
I thought I would say something in this space about Brierly's fine collection of papers in "The Basis of Obligation in International Law". The book co ...more
Nov 30, 2008
Nov 14, 2008
The Lost Peace: America's Search for a Negotiated Settlement of the Vietnam War
My opinions about this book tangle intimately with why it is I picked it to read. Let me then say something about the latter and then return back to t ...more
Jul 10, 2009
Jul 09, 2009
Diplomacy: Theory and Practice
A lot more could probably be said about this book, and perhaps a lot more deserves to be said. This entry will however be mercifully short.

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Dec 16, 2008
European Empires from Conquest to Collapse 1815-1960
An unusual book on warfare and history, Kiernan's European Empires from Conquest to Collapse, 1815-1960 traces the major wars that defined Europe's ad ...more
Oct 24, 2009
Oct 08, 2009
The Erotic Poems
A delightful collection of poems. The selection assembled in this little book is proportioned nicely so that a set of poems can, if the reader fancies ...more
Jan 25, 2009
Sep 28, 2008
Introduction to the History of the Law of Nations in the East Indies
This book does most things right and only a few wrong. But, instead of delivering the bad before the good, which is the usual practice, I will do the ...more
Jul 21, 2008
Jul 17, 2008
A Constitutional History of the United States
Andrew McLaughlin's "A Constitutional History of the United States" is a read I finished several months ago and whatever vituperative remarks I would ...more
Oct 16, 2008
Sep 20, 2008
The Republic of Plato
What can you say about a book like the Republic? Is it a book that's available for review? Can it be judged by the same standard as any other book? Or ...more
Jul 18, 2008
Jul 17, 2008
Democracy in America
One of the first and oldest questions in politics: how is it the various offices, powers and departments of state should be arranged? Or put another w ...more
Dec 14, 2008
Aug 03, 2008
On Thucydides
Criticism does not have to be complicated. Where writing has succeeded it should be evident and explicable; or if it has failed, the blunders should b ...more
Sep 08, 2008
Sep 06, 2008
Diplomatic Episodes: A Review of Certain Historical Incidents Bearing Upon International Relations and Diplomacy
By the reckoning of most people, there isn't much involved in judging a book--five stars if it came in above expectations; three stars if it was below ...more
Jul 28, 2008
Jul 17, 2008
The Laws of War in the Late Middle Ages
Before I enter some comments about this book, let me first say why it is I elected to read it.

A book on the medieval law of war, or at least some int
Apr 17, 2009
Apr 10, 2009
See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism
I'm not sure a review can be properly made after so long a stretch since I've finished the book. More properly in review is the fortitude of my memory ...more
Nov 02, 2008
Nov 02, 2008
The Greek Orators
"It is easy to defend the innocent" Publilius Syrus insists "but who is eloquent enough to defend the guilty?" It isn't a frivolous question, quite th ...more
Aug 18, 2008
Jul 20, 2008
Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words
Persuasion it is said, resembles a two-edged sword: the one side sharpened by reason, the other by emotion; and in the hands of a master there is no o ...more
Dec 10, 2008
Aug 25, 2008
Recognition in International Law
There has never been an age when the borders that divide empires and fiefdoms of the world were everywhere static, or a time when the heads of governm ...more
Nov 08, 2008
Oct 03, 2008
Roman Law & Common Law: A Comparison in Outline
I give Buckland's Comparison in Outline a rating of three stars reluctantly, and without the confidence that I feel is due. In fact, my uncertainty ab ...more
Jul 28, 2008
Jul 14, 2008
Three Essays: On Liberty, Representative Government, and the Subjection of Women
Three famous essays of John Start Mill are compiled in this edition: "On Liberty", "On Representative Government" and "On the Subjection of Women". A ...more
May 13, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
A History of Diplomacy in the International Development of Europe, V2: The Establishment of Territorial Sovereignty
Leave yourself a lot of room, Hill's History of Diplomacy, Volume 2, is a hearty meal--more than six hundred pages long. Hill wants to understand the ...more
Aug 20, 2008
Jul 24, 2008
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