Years and years ago, a California state legislator named Joe Simitian had a refreshing approach to how the government in Sacramento could better serve its constituents: an annual “There Ought to Be a Law” contest that encouraged citizens to submit ideas for new statutes or for taking existing ones off the books.
Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898), dubbed the “Iron Chancellor,” was one of modern history’s masters of Realpolitik. As Prussia’s minister-president, he executed the “blood and iron” war policies that resulted in 1871 in Germany’s long-desired unification.
This is a story of the sea. It comes from the place where sea stories began, the Mediterranean realm of Homer’s Odyssey and of the naval battles of Salamis and Actium. It’s a story of pluck and ingenuity but also of the dramatic changes that technology is bringing to war, from the skies above to the seas below.