Monday, August 16, 2010

Literature and leaders

Once upon a time, great leaders (and not-so-great leaders) turned to literature to learn lessons about humanity. Charles Hill in Foreign Policy thinks they still should. 'Statesmen have looked at literature not only as another source of strategic insight but as a unique intellectual endeavor. Of all the arts and sciences, only literature is substantially and methodologically unbounded. Literature's freedom to explore endless or exquisite details, portray the thoughts of imaginary characters, and dramatize large themes through intricate plots brings it closest to the reality of "how the world really works."' More...

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