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Happy Birthday Mr. Dictator

October 13, 2022

Episode Notes

Eric and Eliot discuss Ukraine’s birthday gift to Vladimir Putin, likely Russian responses, and Eliot’s Atlantic article on Putin’s nuclear threats. Eric eats his words about Liz Truss, and they discuss the relative merits of Nero Wolfe and Daniel Silva for escapist reading.

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Eliot’s Essay (

Orlando Figes’s The Story of Russia (

Yulia Latynina’s The Hill Article, “Will Putin use tactical nukes?” (


Stephen Kotkin’s Stalin Biography, Volume 1 (

Stephen Kotkin’s Stalin Biography, Volume 2 (

Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe (

Daniel Silva’s Portrait of an Unknown Woman (

Daniel Silva’s The Cellist (

Daniel Silva’s English Spy (

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