Revolutionary France had no more heroic or humane commander than Gen. Alex Dumas. The Germans had his statue torn down, but the French still haven’t come to terms with his story.
Christopher Dickey, a veteran foreign correspondent, is The Daily Beast’s World News Editor. He is the author of seven books, including Securing the City and, most recently, Our Man in Charleston: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South.
Peter Turnley has been out on the streets of New York City almost every day since the lockdown began, and among his photos are images likely to become icons of this plague year.
“We're entering the age of density and stress from overcrowding and squeezing,” the photographer told me in 1996. “It's like the elephant metaphor.”
Trapped in my apartment I pulled Joan’s books off the shelf. I wanted to learn again from her meticulous observation of detail, character and setting, and her great sense of irony.
Bill Gates is right when he says the world needs the organization now more than ever. But its reliance early in the pandemic on China’s information—and lies—is shocking.
MBS has shown that he can adapt to the changing circumstances imposed by a global pandemic—while exploiting them for his own ends.