Makers of modern history

Leadership is all the fashion. There are academic institutes devoted to research and teaching it. How to be a leader, whether in politics, business, bureaucracy or welfare, can be learned and applied. There are no longer natural leaders, but leaders with diplomas. Job application forms will commonly ask for evidence of leadership qualities. Failure in … Read more

The book of modern love

Henri Beyle, better known as Stendhal, thought of his novels as lottery tickets. Success, for him, meant finding readers in a more or less distant future. It is fair to say that Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black), published to mixed acclaim in 1830, ultimately proved a winning ticket. In recent … Read more