27,323 reputation
348138
bio website
location New York, New York
age 57
visits member for 3 years, 5 months
seen 11 hours 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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Jan
5
awarded  Famous Question
Jan
3
comment Did it make sense for the Roman Empire to build a great wall?
I made the question more objective by asking if it made sense to build a wall in the first place, and vote to re=open.
Jan
3
revised Did it make sense for the Roman Empire to build a great wall?
Made question more objective by asking for "sense"?
Dec
28
awarded  Popular Question
Dec
28
awarded  Revival
Dec
27
comment Did Herman Melville write the “textbook” chapters of Moby Dick?
@twosheds:Fair enough.
Dec
27
revised Did Herman Melville write the “textbook” chapters of Moby Dick?
added 69 characters in body; edited tags; edited title
Dec
27
comment Did Herman Melville write the “textbook” chapters of Moby Dick?
@StevenDrennon: How about Biology, with regard to the "cetological" reference? The question (as re-written) would be, "Would a layman know this stuff, or would he need to get it from an expert
Dec
26
accepted Why did the musket become the standard infantry combat weapon in European armies around 1700?
Dec
26
answered Was breaching the Yellow River dykes Chiang Kai-Shek's Mers-el-Kebir?
Dec
26
comment Jewish Slave Owners in the United States
"I don't think those numbers could be compared." Which is what "apples to oranges" means. (I sometimes confuse people with the use of American idiom.)
Dec
26
comment Jewish Slave Owners in the United States
Sorry, was trying to provide grist for your "mill."
Dec
26
comment Jewish Slave Owners in the United States
Seems like an "apples to oranges" comparison to me. Of course, a larger percentage of southern Jews owned slaves than "southerners" if you count the slaves themselves among those "southerners."
Dec
25
answered How do modern historians evaluate Sherman's “Total War”?
Dec
25
comment How did Asian Americans manage to become richer than an average American?
To the best of my knowledge, Korean- Vietnamese- and Chinese- Americans are not poorer "on average" than other Americans. (Maybe the Vietnamese.) They do have higher poverty rates because their wealth distributions are more skewed. More "low end" members of these groups are balanced by more high end members. The Filipinos are the opposite: less extremes of wealth and poverty, but they're no better off "on average" than other Asians,
Dec
22
revised How was security on the Silk Road between China and the West maintained?
added 514 characters in body
Dec
22
answered How was security on the Silk Road between China and the West maintained?
Dec
21
answered Were there any Frankish/French kings who probably had no extramarital sexual relations?
Dec
21
comment Were there any Frankish/French kings who probably had no extramarital sexual relations?
I changed "definitely" to "probably" and nominate the question for re-opening in its current form. While nothing is definite, these things can be "proved" by "preponderance of evidence."
Dec
21
revised Were there any Frankish/French kings who probably had no extramarital sexual relations?
added 17 characters in body