bill marmon april 2013Jason Healey’s new book  “A Fierce Domain,”  is a fascinating compilation of essays on the “history” of  global cyber conflict. A graduate of the Air Force Academy who served in an early cyber war unit of the U.S. Air Force,  Healey  has a wide ranging background that includes time as a Goldman Sachs vice-president in Hong Kong and director for Cyber Infrastructure  Protection at the White House under President George W. Bush. He is currently director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council and an adjunct professor at Georgetown.

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mikemossettig Angela Merkel: A Chancellorship Forged in Crisis. By Alan Crawford and Tony Czuczka. Wiley/Bloomberg. 240 pages. $19.
Margaret Thatcher  From Grantham to the Falklands. By Charles Moore. Alfred Knopf. 859 pages. $35.

In the procession of mostly colorless men who have crossed the European political stage since the demise of Charles de Gaulle and the last of the World War II giants 44 years ago, two women have come to overshadow them all. The first was Margaret Thatcher, easily the most consequential British leader of the last half of the 20th century. And now, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose thumbs up or down to any European fiscal, monetary or banking project is the 21st century equivalent to Nero's hand signals to whet or sate the appetite of lions in the Coliseum.

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The adventures of Americans in London and Paris in the 1920s and1930s have often been chronicled and lionized. Curiously, the experiences of Americans in Berlin in those inter-war years have received attention in inverse proportion to Berlin’s centrality in shaping those very years for Europe and ultimately the Western world and indeed Russia, as well.True, there are memoirs of some participants (as there are by Germans and other Europeans involved in those tumultuous times). But until now there has been a gap in the literature about the perceptions and reactions of the American journalists and diplomats posted to the German capital and the celebrities and other American visitors to Germany in the Hitler years.

 

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In the waning years of the last century there was great hope -- and hype -- about the “global bob_steckmarket" brought about by new technologies.  In the early years of this new century, the darker side of the global market has become more evident as economic trouble anywhere becomes economic trouble everywhere: e.g., the failure of Lehman caused a global contagion.

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Amid Intrigues in Wartime Lisbon, Portugal Shrewdly Protected Its Global Interests ------- Everyone is familiar with the classic World War II movie “Casablanca,” a North African cockpit of intrigue and romance, of spies and profiteers – and of refugees scrambling desperately for visas and transport to escape the advancing grasp of Nazi power. In the film, Casablanca is immortalized as scene of the last flight to Lisbon, jumping-off point to the U.S. or South America.

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