How Theodore Roosevelt Solved the 1902 Venezuela Crisis

The early 20th century saw increasing great power competition. The rise of the United States, Japan, and especially Germany disrupted…

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Leadership Lessons from Ron DeSantis

In the world of power, a year is an eternity. A year ago today, Andrew Cuomo was doing his Emmy…

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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt: Review

“I feel sorry for McKinley,” noted a contemporary observer. “He has a man of destiny behind him.” This phrase gave…

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How Theodore Roosevelt Built His Reputation

By the time he became President of the United States at the age of 42, Theodore Roosevelt had already been…

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How Theodore Roosevelt Dealt with Loss

Valentine’s Day, 1884 was supposed to be a triumph for Theodore Roosevelt. Only in his 20’s, he had already been…

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Theodore Roosevelt’s Early Life: A Model of Masculine Virtue

Men are struggling today. Pound-for-pound, they’re worse off than their female counterparts (who have their own problems, too). These struggles…

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In Praise of the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns

Once upon a time, Roman Reigns was a struggling hero. Clearly inhibited, he was condemned to play a character he…

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Announcing Lives of the Luminaries

After reading Quintus Curtius’ Digest, I was inspired. After seeing the complete failure of our “leadership” in response to the…

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Louis Pasteur Invents the Rabies Vaccine and Breaks Through an Ossified Orthodoxy

Despite its aspirational pretensions, science is an enterprise just as subject to orthodoxy, hierarchy, social desirability bias, and ass-covering as…

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Diomedes: The Underrated Hero of the Iliad

In the early books of the Iliad, when Achilles withdraws from the Greek army in rage, Diomedes emerged as the…

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