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Charles Ponzi: What Makes a Con Artist?

Charles Ponzi; My Adventures with your moeny

by T.D. Thornton When you think of the history of con artists, what images come to mind? Perhaps it’s the dashing “sharpie in a fedora” stereotype that hearkens to the Roaring Twenties. Maybe it’s the juxtaposition of financial ruin with

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The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s

The Age of Clinton

by Gil Troy Bill Clinton was ambitious, in the best sense of the word. He wanted to use the president’s bully pulpit to make history. He wanted to preserve traditional values with a liberal, open, pro-government but not big-government twist.

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The End of Memory: Understanding the Spread Alzheimer’s

End of Memory

by Jay Ingram Chapter 10 – A Deadly Progression The prospect of slowing, interrupting or even stopping the disease seems daunting, but there might be a window of opportunity: How does the spread of the disease actually take place? Is

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Who is Israel? How the National Character of Israeli Shapes our World

The Israeli Mind; Who is Israel?

by Alon Gratch War, Peace and other Cycles of Change Perhaps the best metaphor for change and how Israelis are affected by it was provided by the second Palestinian intifada (2000–2005), during certain periods of which suicide bombings took place

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Putinism: Russia and its Future with the West


by Walter Laqueur It is common knowledge that relations between America and Russia have deteriorated very much. A debate is now under way in Washington what US policy towards Russia should be. When President Obama was elected he made it

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