Author Archives: James Thomas Snyder

About James Thomas Snyder

NATO fan, ex-diplomat, author, critic, translator, and former U.S. Congressional speechwriter. All opinions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. government or any employer, past or present.

Croatia (Blogging Black Lamb and Grey Falcon)

“Politics, always politics.  In the middle of the night, when there is a rap on our bedroom door, it is politics.” (Croatia/Zagreb VII) ENDING THE JOURNEY of the previous chapter, Rebecca West and her husband arrive in Zagreb proper. Three … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, The Former Yugoslavia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Journey (Blogging Black Lamb and Grey Falcon)

“These were exactly like all Aryan Germans I had ever known; and there were sixty millions of them in the middle of Europe.” (Journey) WITH HER HUSBAND Rebecca West travels by train from Salzburg, Austria, to Zagreb, the capital of … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Politics and Political Theory, The Former Yugoslavia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Prologue (Blogging Black Lamb and Grey Falcon)

“And the death of Elizabeth had shown me the scourge of the world after the war, Luccheni, Fascism, the rule of the dispossessed class that claims its rights and cannot conceive them save in terms of empty violence, of killing, … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Politics and Political Theory, The Former Yugoslavia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Clever Girl! (Blogging Black Lamb and Grey Falcon)

“He does not so much split his infinitives as disembowel them.” (Rebecca West on Dr. Lionel Tayler, The Clarion, 1913)  CONSIDER THIS INTERACTION recorded by Ian Parker about the late Christopher Hitchens in The New Yorker: And then the young … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, Books, The Former Yugoslavia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Not too late to seek a newer world (Blogging Black Lamb and Grey Falcon)

“My dear, I know I have inconvenienced you terribly by making you take your holiday now, and I know you did not really want to come to Yugoslavia at all.  But when you get there you will see why it … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, The Former Yugoslavia | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Bridge on the Neretva (Blogging Black Lamb and Grey Falcon)

“To look at it is good; to stand on it is as good.” (Black Lamb and Grey Falcon) THE COVER OF nearly every edition of Black Lamb and Grey Falcon prominently features the same extraordinary architectural, cultural, and pontine monument … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, The Former Yugoslavia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Working Titles (Blogging Black Lamb and Grey Falcon)

“I write books to find out about things.” (Paris Review, 1981) FOR THIS PROJECT I have four individual editions of Black Lamb separated in publication by 80 years. More than 25 years ago I started reading the 1994 Penguin Books … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, The Former Yugoslavia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blogging ‘Black Lamb and Grey Falcon’

“What is Kaimakshalan?  A mountain in Macedonia, but where is Macedonia since the Peace Treaty?  This part of it is called South Serbia.  And where is that, in Czechoslovakia, or in Bulgaria?  And what has happened there?  The answer is … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Politics and Political Theory, The Former Yugoslavia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t worry, Emily Bazelon, you’re wrong

It’s hard to explain why Emily Bazelon’s New York Times Magazine article, sarcastically titled “Free Speech Will Save Our Democracy,” bothers me, so let me start here: Hannah Arendt was not a political philosopher.  Hannah Arendt was a political theorist. … Continue reading

Posted in Politics and Political Theory, propaganda | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“A Means of State Control” (Part Two)

In the first part of this post I dismantled the consensus definition of propaganda, arguing that in part and in total “propaganda” is indistinguishable from any other form of political expression.  The only obvious distinguishing aspect between the two definitions … Continue reading

Posted in Politics and Political Theory, propaganda, Public Diplomacy | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment