Imperial ambitions

In June of this year, news services reported that a Chinese housewife named Zhemao had published more than 200 largely fictional articles about Russian history on Wikipedia. She had invented entire battles and a fabulous silver mine located in the (actually existing) town of Kashin. Some contributors to the resulting buzz on social media asked … Read more

Human Interest: On Deborah Cohen’s “Last Call at the Hotel Imperial”

JULY 25, 2022 “THEY BEGAN THE decade by reporting the story, but by 1939, they were the story,” writes Deborah Cohen, describing the five American foreign correspondents at the heart of her new book, Last Call at the Hotel Imperial: The Reporters Who Talked on a World at War. The correspondents, John and Frances Gunther, … Read more