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The Turks and Mr. Erdogan

The Turks and Mr. Erdogan

Mustafa Kemal (1881-1938). Turkey could use him today. (Wiki­me­dia)

The Hills­dale Col­lege Alas­ka cruise aimed to edu­cate, and so it did. I learned more from David Gold­man about Erdo­gan, Turkey and the Mid­dle East in an hour than from every­body else com­bined over the years.

The Author

David Gold­man, a New York econ­o­mist, is a colum­nist for First Things mag­a­zine and writes under the name “Spen­gler” for Asia Times Online. Pre­vi­ous­ly he was the glob­al head of cred­it strat­e­gy for Cred­it Suisse, and head of fixed income research at Bank of Amer­i­ca. In addi­tion to his jour­nal­ism and finan­cial work, he is a reg­u­lar on CNBC’s The Kud­low Report

The Book

Goldman’s lat­est book is enti­tled, How Civ­i­liza­tions Die (and Why Islam is Dying Too). I tried to buy it on the spot, but so heavy were sales that I had to order a copy. I haven’t yet read it, so I will quote what learned peo­ple say:

“David Gold­man mus­es on pop­u­la­tion trends and reli­gion with a breath­tak­ing depth, orig­i­nal­i­ty, and panache.…

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“The Compleat Wrks of Wnstn Chrchl (Abridged)”

“The Compleat Wrks of Wnstn Chrchl (Abridged)”

“The Man Who Saved Europe: How Win­ston Churchill Stopped the Nazis,” by Klaus Wiegrefe. Der Spiegel Online

This nine-part web­post is odd­ly remind­ful  of “The Com­pleat Wrks of Wilm Shk­spr (Abridged),” in which three actors deliv­er all of William Shakespeare’s works in a cou­ple of hours.

There’s noth­ing par­tic­u­lar­ly nov­el or new in this series. Aside from the famil­iar attempts to cast Churchill as occa­sion­al­ly demo­ni­ac, it agrees that he “Saved Europe.” But one would do bet­ter read­ing about World War II on Wikipedia—or, if you have time, one of the good spe­cial­ty stud­ies, like Geof­frey Best’s Churchill and War—or, if you real­ly want to know what Churchill thought, his abridged war mem­oirs.

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WW2 Abridged: Too Easy to be Good

WW2 Abridged: Too Easy to be Good

Der Spiegel’s “The Man Who Saved Europe,” a nine-part web-post by Klaus Wiegrefe, odd­ly reminds me  of “The Com­plete Wrks of Wilm Shk­spr (Abridged),” in which three actors present the audi­ence with all of Shakespeare’s works in a cou­ple of hours.

There’s noth­ing par­tic­u­lar­ly nov­el or new in this series. Aside from the famil­iar attempts to cast Churchill as occa­sion­al­ly demo­ni­ac, it agrees that he “Saved Europe.” But one would do bet­ter read­ing about World War II on Wikipedia—or, if you have time, one of the good spe­cial­ty stud­ies, like Geof­frey Best’s Churchill and War—or, if you real­ly want to know what Churchill thought, his abridged war mem­oirs.…

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