Barry Baldwin

Latest by Barry Baldwin in Chronicles

  • A Long List of Prescriptions

    Bill Clinton's favorite book is said to be The Meditations of the second-century A.D. Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, a plumpish volume of ethical jottings in crabbed Greek, disdained, apparently, by most early American readers as too idiosyncratic and obscure (one notable exception was the first Virginian, Captain John Smith).

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  • Ruritanian Revenge and Reality
    January 1998

    Ruritanian Revenge and Reality

    The blood feuds of Albania center on the Northern Highlands—the Rrafsh or plateau—rather than the regions contiguous with Greece, which is one reason for continuing North-South mutual incomprehension and conflict.

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  • Crime, Punishment, and Civility
    August 1997

    Crime, Punishment, and Civility

    In 1777, upon the execution of the preacher Dr. William Dodd, Samuel Johnson produced one of his most memorable aphorisms: "Depend upon it. Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."

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