Robert M. Herzog is well positioned to be an astute observer of America. He’s been a successful entrepreneur and pioneer in media and technology, energy and healthcare, finance and City Winery. He lived at the intersection of power and politics as Director of New York City’s Energy Office, and helped develop Centers for Social Justice for a public interest group. He is a published novelist, with his “unputdownable” book A World Between casting a shrewd light on the way science and politics intersect. He has published numerous poems, short stories and essays, and directed an award winning short film, Flights. He’s a Brooklyn boy who’s climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, ran big rivers, and remembers the taste of the first (and subsequent) great wine he drank. From his coming of age in the Sixties to his active involvements today, he has maintained a perspective both engaged with and detached from the world around us. His essays represents sharp, often prescient commentaries on an America that is, and one that could be.