Monthly Archives: April 2017


Yes, that’s me and Robert Redford taking a stroll in the wilds of southwest Idaho, after I tracked the Sundance Kid down and right after the elusive star agreed to grant me a longer audience when both of us returned to New York. And boy did he have a story to tell. Maybe you remember […]

‘I LOVED YOUR BOOK!’ (100 Day War)

Seven years after its publication in Finland, where it was the second best selling non-fiction book for six months, four years after it was published in the U.S., The Battle of Finland (or the Hundred Day Winter War, as it was called here) continues to throw off sparks of different sorts, including fine reviews to […]

THE LAST LENIN MUSEUM (Monitor 1/18/17)

TAMPERE, FINLAND. Tampere, Finland’s second largest city, is known as the birthplace of the Soviet Union. That’s because that is where the two architects of the Bolshevik Revolution, Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin, then on the run from czarist authorities, met in 1905 at the city’s Workers’ Hall. The venerable hall used to be known […]

STRATCOM BLUES (Politico 3/16/17)

RIGA, LATVIA. For an institution that is supposed to be a think tank, the sullen-looking, three floor headquarters of StratCom, the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence, with its deep-set windows, piked gates and guardhouse, more closely resembles a fortress. So it’s not surprising to learn that in its previous life, when the Republic of […]


Every once in a while I make a special discovery which I am keen to share with my friend and the larger GFS community. Sometimes it is a book or a film which I can’t stop thinking about. Sometimes it is a new city you must see. Once in a great while it’s an artist […]