Ade, neues Europa: Amerikas Diplomatie hat die Chance verpasst, einen geeinten Kontinent für sich zu gewinnen

Es war ein sonniger Tag im Juni und George W. Bush hielt an der Universität von Warschau eine Rede. Drinnen lauschten die Politiker interessiert und wisperten zustimmend miteinander. Draußen hatte sich eine jubelnde Menschenmenge versammelt, die Plakate mit Sympathiebekundungen für Amerika hochhielt. Continue reading “Ade, neues Europa: Amerikas Diplomatie hat die Chance verpasst, einen geeinten Kontinent für sich zu gewinnen”

Extraordinary champion of ordinary people

A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya, by Anna Politkovskaya, University of Chicago Press, 224pp.

Some years ago, I went to visit the offices of a small Moscow newspaper, Novaya Gazeta.   Novaya Gazeta has always led a precarious existence — it is one of the few publications that has consistently opposed the Kremlin — and that day the editor was particularly distracted. Continue reading “Extraordinary champion of ordinary people”

How Life Imitates Chess

  • From chessboard to boardroom,
    by Gary Kasparov, Heinemann, 262pp.

If I were a leading venture capitalist, the CEO of a large company, or in any case a person in search of ways to win friends and influence people, then I would be in a much better position to judge the utility of How Life Imitates Chess, Garry Kasparov’s bid to convince business executives that there is much to be learned from studying the game of chess. Continue reading “How Life Imitates Chess”

What really destroyed the Hungarians in 1956?

  • Twelve Days: Revolution 1956 – How the Hungarians Tried to Topple Their Soviet Masters
    by Victor Sebestyen Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2006, 340pp.

Of all the great events of the Cold War, the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 is probably the one most in need of serious historical attention. In part this is because new archives have at last explained a number of mysteries: did Imre Nagy, the reforming communist and later national hero, really request Soviet ‘assistance’ in putting down the rebellion? Continue reading “What really destroyed the Hungarians in 1956?”