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Then every thing includes itself in power,
Power into will, will into appetite;
And appetite, a universal wolf,
So doubly seconded with will and power,
Must make perforce a universal prey,
And last eat up himself.
– Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act 1, Scene 3[i]
Living in the era of the Tudors, Shakespeare knew a thing or two about power, will and appetite. It can be a…

Havel: A Life. Michael Zantovsky. New York: Grove Press, 2014.
I am grateful for the invitation to review Michael Zantovsky’s biography of Václav Havel, the playwright, dissident and President of both Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic successively. Havel was one of the most inspirational human beings to have walked the earth in our time. I met him once when he received…