A sweeping history of Russian power in the world, and of Stalin’s power in Russia (recast as the Soviet Union), full of surprises, with uncanny echoes of today’s realities.

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Stephen Kotkin

is the John P. Birkelund Professor in History and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1989. He is also a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.


Hedge Funds: the Craft of History

Perhaps the most succinct definition of the scientific method is, To actively seek information that contradicts what one thinks.  But let’s be honest: if someone has a hunch, chances are he or she is going to look for confirmation – and find it.  Information that contradicts one’s hypothesis, even if discovered by accident, will sometimes not even be seen.  It’s natural, and it’s got a name: confirmation bias Read More ›