27,321 reputation
348138
bio website
location New York, New York
age 57
visits member for 3 years, 5 months
seen 14 mins ago

I took a double major in Economics and History in college in the 1970s. My "sweet spot" probably lies at the intersection of those two subjects. For instance, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" was really an "economic" admonition--to conserve ammunition.

I am the published author of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Dec
18
revised How was Napoleon considered as a ruler?
Drew contrasts between Napoleon and the king Louis.
Dec
16
revised Why did Germany take so long to consolidate into a single nation?
added 160 characters in body
Dec
16
answered Why did Germany take so long to consolidate into a single nation?
Dec
15
comment Changing troops in first line during battle
Actually, I "rolled back" the question to its first (pre-edited) version, and then added a one-sentence "clarifier" that got it re-opened. (The OP's editing made the question worse, not better.) Apparently all my editing is confusing people.
Dec
15
comment Why did the British have so few destroyers going into World War II?
@T.E.D.: Churchill also reminded Hitler (and the world), that Germany was at war with the British Empire, not just the British Isles.
Dec
15
comment Why did the British have so few destroyers going into World War II?
@PieterGeerkens: First, I upvoted you, so have no fears on that ground. Second, I edited IN a reference to your answer, then "thought better of it" (because it's answered in the Wikipedia link) and decided to restore the "status quo ante." But in any event, it is no skin off your back.
Dec
15
comment Changing troops in first line during battle
My records show that I voted for you two hours ago. Before the cricket comment. Why it's the only upvote so far, I don't know.
Dec
15
asked What led to American air superiority over the Axis in World War II
Dec
15
comment Changing troops in first line during battle
@PieterGeerkens: I watch (and write about) baseball, but not cricket. I edited the question from a strictly "agnostic" point of view, about historical "notability."
Dec
15
comment Why did the British have so few destroyers going into World War II?
Maybe it was a sub rosa transfer of assets to the U.S. to hedge against a possible British defeat, with the theory being that the destroyers would be "destroyed" in combat in that event.
Dec
15
revised Why did the British have so few destroyers going into World War II?
added 38 characters in body
Dec
15
asked Why did the British have so few destroyers going into World War II?
Dec
14
comment What went on during multi-year sieges?
Not a bad question, really. I just hope that there are enough examples to generate good answers. And a good corollary would be "why did those multi-year attackers succeed when most others failed?"
Dec
14
revised How were the modern countries in South America formed?
added 3 characters in body
Dec
14
comment Changing troops in first line during battle
@Steven Drennon: I have hopefully clarified the question and wonder if it can be reopened in its current form.
Dec
14
revised Changing troops in first line during battle
Clarified the question by editing a shorter, "rolled back" version.
Dec
14
awarded  Cleanup
Dec
14
revised Changing troops in first line during battle
rolled back to a previous revision
Dec
14
comment What went on during multi-year sieges?
Most sieges did not last for more than a year. The conventional wisdom in the Middle Ages was that if a city could hold out a year, it would win. Carthage, Masada and a few others were the exceptions to the rule.
Dec
14
answered How were the modern countries in South America formed?