A Gentleman in Moscow – A Lesson in Purpose and Sophistication

A pure joy - that's the best way I can describe A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Not only will you learn lessons in sophistication, but more importantly, what it means to have purpose.

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The Crazy Case of Michael Cohen

The Michael Cohen case fascinates me.  Here is a lawyer who cut his teeth trying small-time car accident cases inside a Queens, N.Y taxi garage.  He was basically an automotive version of an ambulance chasing, personal injury attorney. Cohen's Taxi and Gambling "Empire" Before joining the Trump Organization, Mr. Cohen, in addition to "practicing" law,…

Anna Karenina and the Contemporary Treatment of Women

Society has been inundated recently with stories of oppressed women.  The #MeToo campaign, in particular, gained traction after media outlets publicized sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men (PolisPandit wrote about it here).  Stories detailing the plight of women at the hands of powerful male oppressors have persisted for centuries.  Whether due…

Lessons for the Obama Administration from America’s First Diplomat

As the world passively watches the crisis unfold in Ukraine, and the Obama Administration continues to enforce economic sanctions as effectively as it did red lines in Syria, war becomes a more likely possibility everyday.  The dovish policies of the Obama Administration have not only allowed Al-Assad to remain in power, but have permitted the…