I’ve spent an enjoyable weekend reading Charles Emmerson’s Future History of the Arctic. Charles, a friend of Global Dashboard’s, looks at the opening up of the Arctic and the scramble for its natural resources among the great powers of the North, and puts it into the context of the region’s history, from the heroic age Read more…

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I saw Richard Stengel, editor of Time magazine and the interviewer for Long Walk To Freedom, present his latest book this week at the LSE, called Mandela’s Way: Lessons on Life. You can listen to a podcast of the event here. One thing that particularly struck me was Stengel’s description of how Mandela’s 27 years Read more…

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