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There's A White House in Red Square

Currently, I'm alternating between Herodotus' Histories on audiobook at the gymn, and Simon Sebag Montfiore's Young Stalin at home.

It's a great contrast between the ultraparanoid Stalin as a young tough and revolutionary thug living the nearly tribal life of an underground operative and the tribal histories and great-man stories of Herodotus all interspersed with Delphic prophecy and the record of propitiatory sacrifices.

In both cases, much rise and fall of political power happens because of faulty intelligence and outworn custom. I can't help thinking that Soso would have been right at home in ancient Lydia. Croesus wouldn't have stood a chance. Or Darius for that matter.

Sounds like a story brewing....