Is It Great Men or Great Times That Change Us?

This excerpt from is from a biography of Deng Xiaoping (Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra F. Vogel). Mao’s radicalism had destroyed China and the country was facing catastrophe when he took over. This brings up my youthful struggles with the age old argument of man versus history. The argument I [...]


How Mao Killed 45 Million People

I subscribe to, a site that sends out daily snips of interesting books that we might not ordinarily notice. I recommend the site if you wish to receive another e-mail daily. Their picks trend mostly to history, but they can be on almost any topic. Broadens your horizons, so to speak.

Yesterday this came [...]