Jan 11, 2017

The messy march of folly to Brexit and beyond

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Barbara Tuchman published her masterpiece, “The March of Folly,” in 1984. It explored what the American writer and historian called “one of the most compelling paradoxes of history: the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests.” Today she might have explored ...

New book reveals the bloody past of the Koh-i-Noor diamond

Dec 28, 2016

New book reveals the bloody past of the Koh-i-Noor diamond

Many precious stones have a blood-soaked history, but a new book reveals the world’s most famous diamond — the Koh-i-Noor — surpasses them all, with a litany of horrors that rivals “Game of Thrones.” The Koh-i-Noor (“Mountain of Light”), now part of the British ...