Update: “Worth” on Netflix is a successful portrait of a unique process and the people who inhabited it. Major reviewers agree. Movies are movies. The real story is better.

Kenneth Feinberg, attorney at law is about to become famous, maybe even very famous. In a new film called “Worth” Feinberg…

Janet Cooke is 66

April 15, 1981

“Jimmy’s World” was in essence a fabrication. I never encountered or interviewed an 8-year-old heroin addict…I apologize to my newspaper, my profession, the Pulitzer board and all seekers of the truth. Today, in facing up to the truth, I have submitted my resignation.

As 2021 heads through the final quarter of another year scarred by Covid and too many other crises of one kind or another to keep track, there are daily reminders of what is usually attributed to “old age.” The image of Bill Clinton masked and frail on Hillary’s arm leaving…

Jobs, Gates, Dell, Sinclair (Who?)

No Sound, Black and White.$80

Clive Sinclair, a slender, bespectacled 42-year-old Englishman with a shy smile and a newly fat bank account, sees big changes coming in the world and offers a stunning forecast that, if true, will affect everything we do. …

In this summer of extreme weather, the Delta surge, and the chaos in Afghanistan, Barack Obama’s sixtieth birthday party got major media play, much of it critical because of its scale amid so many national crises. On the other hand, the Obamas were celebrating a major life milestone at their…

Is This Time Different?

On March 15, 1965, before a joint session of Congress, President Lyndon Baines Johnson gave the most memorable speech of his political career. The subject was his plan to submit a voting rights bill.

“Our fathers believed that if this noble view of the rights of…

On Sunday, June 13, 1971, the front-page splash in The Washington Post was the White House wedding the evening before of President Nixon’s daughter Tricia to Edward Cox. …

Notwithstanding “The Big Lie” about the results of the 2020 election or the recent ascendency of Elise Stefanik to GOP stardom by embracing it, Donald J. Trump’s presidency is now history, which is not the same thing as historic.

In any event, what exactly was it? In March, a group…

Human Rights Watch: Israel Commits Crimes Against Humanity

This piece appeared on April 27, 2021in The Forward. I am posting it here to reach what I expect is another readership. It raises questions that only will be answered over time. I say without reservation that I am a supporter of…

Walter Mondale who died yesterday at 93 achieved a remarkable goal for a career in politics. He made it through untarnished from his time in the Senate, as an influential Vice-President to Jimmy Carter, as a singularly unsuccessful presidential candidate against Ronald Reagan in 1984, who still made history by…

Peter Osnos

Founder in 1997 of PublicAffairs. Author of “An Especially Good View: Watching History Happen”. Editor of “George Soros: A Life in Full” March 2022

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