First Paragraph

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From Darkness at Noon by Arthur KoestlerThe cell door slammed behind Rubashov.

First Paragraph

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From Darkness at Noon by Arthur KoestlerThe cell door slammed behind Rubashov.

To Understand Crazy Times

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Marton’s Great Escape is Worth the Trouble to Find a Copy

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Quote of the Day

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Arthur KoestlerThe more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.

"History knows her way"

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Last night, while reading Arthur Koestler's classic novel, Darkness at Noon , I came across this passage in a conversation between the main character - Rubashov - and a young German communist: "The Party can never be mistaken," said Rubashov.

Freedom Studies

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Power Novels

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Power 141

60 Extraordinary Political Novels

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Granted, some are more "political" than others but they are worth your time.

Why Peter Drucker’s Writing Still Feels So Relevant

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Hungarian author (and Drucker contemporary) Arthur Koestler considered this competence the true source of creativity. In an era of rapid technological and social change, in which new management jargons seem to rise even faster than the disruptive startups that coin them, the career of Peter Drucker is perhaps as instructive as his writings themselves. Why do his writings remain so fresh and vibrant today? How did he avoid both authoring passing fads and jumping on others’ bandwagons?

A Company Without Job Titles Will Still Have Hierarchies

Harvard Business Review

The term “holarchy” made its debut in Ghost in the Machine , a analysis of the human brain and its failings penned by Arthur Koestler in 1967. Radically flat. That’s the management goal that Tony Hseih, founder of e-commerce giant Zappos, aims to achieve by the end of 2014. To get there, Hsieh plans to toss out the traditional corporate hierarchy by eliminating titles among his 1,500 employees that can lead to bottlenecks in decision-making.