Taki Theodoracopulos

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Taki is an ex-Greek Davis Cup player as well as a former captain of the Greek national karate team. He has won the U.S. national veterans judo championship twice, and in 2008 was world veterans judo champion 70 and over. Since 1967, when he began his career with National Review, he has been a columnist for the London Spectator, the London Sunday Times, Esquire Magazine, Vanity Fair and Chronicles Magazine. In 2002 he founded The American Conservative with Pat Buchanan. He has covered the Vietnam War as well as the Yom Kippur War and the Cyprus conflict of 1974.


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The Cradle of Kleptocracy

The Cradle of Kleptocracy

September 27, 2014

Athens—This grimy, semi-Levantine, ancient city has its beauty spots, with

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The Lucky Goatherds

The Lucky Goatherds

September 20, 2014

Next time you read about an auctioneer’s gavel coming down on a

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Foul Fumes at the Regatta

Foul Fumes at the Regatta

September 13, 2014

Ibiza—This island is the Spanish equivalent of the Greek sex rock of Mykonos,

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Before Flash

Before Flash

September 06, 2014

Back in the very early 60s there was an uninhabited islet off the west coast of

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Keep Your Friends Close … Unless They’re in Washington

Keep Your Friends Close … Unless They’re in Washington

August 30, 2014

Gstaad—Can somebody tell me when was the last time America got it right?

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Not Quite a Stranger

Not Quite a Stranger

August 23, 2014

Gstaad—In this freewheeling Swiss village of the 1950s, the unconventional

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Swimming the Oil-Dark Sea

Swimming the Oil-Dark Sea

August 16, 2014

Porto Cheli—Nothing is moving, not a twig nor a leaf, and I find myself

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Kisses in an Air Raid

Kisses in an Air Raid

August 09, 2014

Porto Cheli—I have been thinking about my children and my own strange boyhood

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Two Wrongs Make a Mess

Two Wrongs Make a Mess

July 26, 2014

One event I regretted missing on my last visit to London was a party at the

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My Kind of Dragon

My Kind of Dragon

July 19, 2014

I write this on July 14, France’s big day, and on the 25th anniversary of my

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Cruising the Med

Cruising the Med

July 12, 2014

Island of Rhodos—When I’m on the water, I feel I was born to it. Yachting

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Vodkas in Arcadia

Vodkas in Arcadia

July 05, 2014

To Fort Belvedere for a ball that most likely will discourage any more balls

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A Short History of Stupidity in the Middle East

A Short History of Stupidity in the Middle East

June 28, 2014

When I hear the words Sykes-Picot I more often than not feel like punching an

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How Not to Be a Pug

How Not to Be a Pug

June 21, 2014

As everyone who has ever joined a club knows, Pugs is the world’s most

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The Strangeness of Age

The Strangeness of Age

June 14, 2014

Gstaad—A slight bump at 30,000 feet concentrates the mind, as the good Dr.

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To Hell With the Truth

To Hell With the Truth

June 07, 2014

Last week in the Bagel, and then London here I come. As I write, hundreds of

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You Say Wrongful Termination, I Say Murder

You Say Wrongful Termination, I Say Murder

May 31, 2014

New York—Here’s a question for you loyal readers: If a fellow asks his wife

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Walking Her Down

Walking Her Down

May 24, 2014

So the wedding of my little girl to Andy Bancroft Cooke went off without a

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The Crucifixion of Donald Sterling

The Crucifixion of Donald Sterling

May 17, 2014

Like the late Christopher Hitchens, who only discovered his Jewish roots once

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Take the Sour with the Bitter

Take the Sour with the Bitter

May 10, 2014

For some of you younger readers the name Schmuel Gelbfisz will not ring a bell.

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Walking Her Down

Walking Her Down

May 03, 2014

The vicissitudes of getting old are linked to the mystical innocence of

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Death Out of Season

Death Out of Season

April 26, 2014

NEW YORK — The poet was right, April is the cruelest month. We at the

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Crime Pays

Crime Pays

April 19, 2014

This is a tale of two unpunished crimes in one city. Let’s start with my old

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The Barnacle Racket

The Barnacle Racket

April 12, 2014

America and Western Europe sure have their priorities right, with newsworthy

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Gilding the Bagel

Gilding the Bagel

April 05, 2014

New York—Back to the mythic city, dreamed into existence by the movies long

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All Phonies Great and Small

All Phonies Great and Small

March 28, 2014

GSTAAD—Except for the hovering of helicopters overhead carrying great slabs

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