In 1985, a 23-year-old graduate of Columbia University was hopping from job to job in New York City trying to make a living. He came across a flyer that announced the upcoming lecture of a civil rights icon at his old alma mater.  The alumnus was Barack Obama. The icon Stokely Carmichael. He decided to… Continue reading

Michelle Obama’s just published autobiography, Becoming, is selling like hot cakes—reportedly 1,4 million copies in the first seven days, or nine books per second. I was one of those nanosecond purchasers—curious about Mrs. Obama’s possible response to a hand-delivered note on our hapless Kurds by an American professor in Ohio. The book is well crafted,… Continue reading

Fortune magazine annually prints the names of 500 American companies that are envied around the world. If there were a magazine listing the top 500 American intellectuals, I would have suggested the name of Robert Kagan—in spite of his disregard for Kurds—for its next edition. He has just published a new book, The Jungle Grows… Continue reading