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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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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

Behind The Mask: Vita Sackville-West

Sissinghurst Castle; Vita Sackville-West

by Matthew Dennison Every Tolkien fan remembers Lobelia Sackville-Baggins. Rapacious, uppity, with a formidable temper and a keen eye for desirable possessions, Lobelia is among the terrors of the Shire. Married to Bilbo Baggins’s cousin Otho, she covets Bilbo’s house,

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Posted in Modern History

Captain Cromie and the Spies of the Red Revolution

Captain Cromie; The New Spymasters

By Stephen Grey Chapter 1: The Cult of Intelligence (1909-89) Captain Francis Cromie – thirty- six years old, tall and strongly built, a commander in the Royal Navy and bearer of the Distinguished Service Order – reached into the consul’s

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Posted in Military History, Modern History

Hemingway and Cuba: Through the Smoke of a 102-year-old’s Cigar

Gregorio Fuentes Hemingway's Cuba-old man and the sea

by Brin-Jonathan Butler Gregorio Fuentes, the model for Hemingway’s humble Santiago in The Old Man and the Sea, survived until 104 and still never read a word of the thin, 127-page novel that brought his friend a Pulitzer and Noble

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Posted in Modern History

Guarding Fidel Castro: His Double Life and Infidelity

Juan Reinaldo Sanchez Shaking Fidel Castro's Hand

by Juan Reinaldo Sanchez THE CASTRO DYNASTY There is nothing ordinary about Fidel Castro. He is unique, special, and different. One thing in particular, among all the others, marks him out from all his compatriots: he cannot dance the salsa!

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

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