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    W. Somerset Maugham and the World’s Ten Greatest Novels

    I began reading W. Somerset Maugham in the 1980s when I was covering Asia for the Chicago Tribune. Many of the places I worked and lived were the same places that Somerset Maugham set some of his books and short stories, so I felt it was my duty to get … Read more…

    Judging America’s Past by 21st Century Ideals & Values

    We are living at a time when it is fashionable to vilify and “cancel” the founders of our nation because a handful of myopic and narrow-minded chuckleheads have resolved to apply 21st-century values to the 18th and 19th centuries. I contend, however, that we need to take a step back … Read more…

    Word Play Masters Invitational: It’s a Hoot!

    Since 2010 Word Play Masters has run a contest circulated on the Web in which readers are asked to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and then supplying a new definition. As a writer, I have always been fascinated by words, … Read more…

    A Message to ForeignCorrespondent Subscribers, Friends, and Visitors

    Dear subscribers and friends of ForeignCorrespondent, Some of you may have already seen this message, and if you have, we apologize for the recurrence. But we want to make sure you are receiving the full range of benefits by creating a free subscriber account with ForeignCorrespondent. There have been a … Read more…

    Flashman–Victorian England’s foremost rotter would have made a great foreign correspondent

    At the request of a faithful follower, today I am re-posting a column that appeared a while back in The Economist, one of the U.K.’s most prestigious magazines. Written by an unnamed foreign correspondent, it takes a sardonic and self-effacing view of foreign correspondents by suggesting that Harry Flashman, Victorian … Read more…

    Are We Nazi Germany?

    For most of my life, whenever Nazi Germany was brought up, somebody always said something like this: “It’s unbelievable that Adolph Hitler was able to manipulate and control the entire German population. It just seems impossible.” Yet that’s exactly what he did. Yes, there were some dissenters and political foes, … Read more…

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