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.

The Justice Department’s lawsuit to block the merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster is by any measure a significant matter for book publishing, even though the deal itself is a fraction of the size of, say, Time Warner and AT&T, which went through.

Publishing books is a…

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. …

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…

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…

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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