El Político

El Político Azorín explains the nature of classical statesmanship  by Loane Le Clouërec José Martínez Ruiz was born in 1873 into a middle-class family of nine children in the small town of Monóvar in the Alicante province of Spain. During his university years in Valencia, where he studied law but did not complete his degree, he began to write for local newspapers and published literary criticism in 1893 before turning to radical journals.   José Martínez Ruiz, forefather of the Generación del 98 and Spain’s Azorín After moving to Madrid to become a journalist, José Martínez Ruiz was often dismissed for his political radicalism and presentations of anarchist theories of that time.… Read the rest


Diplomacy Harold Nicolson reveals the principles of professionalism  by Nicholas Dungan Sir Harold George Nicolson KCVO CMG was the product of a patrician Victorian and Edwardian background and upbringing. The son of a future ambassador and the grandson of an admiral, he was born in Persia, where his father, later The Lord Carnock, was chargé d’affaires at the British Embassy.… Read the rest

Le Fil de l’épée

Le Fil de l’épée Charles de Gaulle’s masterpiece on leadership — and himself by Nicholas Dungan In the concise canon of genuinely ingenious books on leadership — of which Machiavelli’s The Prince is perhaps the most celebrated and the most cited — Charles de Gaulle’s Le Fil de l’épée [The Edge of the Sword ] can rightly claim pride of place.… Read the rest

The Sense of Reality

The Sense of Reality Isaiah Berlin brings a philosophical perspective to practical leadership by Nicholas Dungan The intellectual production of Sir Isaiah Berlin constitutes so vast and so varied an œuvre that it is not surprising to find, in the compilation of discrete writings gathered together in the book entitled The Sense of Reality, a wide diversity of subjects and ideas.… Read the rest
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