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The Last Emperor of Mexico by Edward Shawcross
A Disaster in the New World
With thanks to Connor Hutchinson and Faber. Author photograph © Edward Stone.
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Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima (1945)
On 23 February 1945 one of the iconic photographs of the Second World War was taken on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima. Here it is in colour.
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The Chicago Theatre (1949)
The bright lights of the 'wonder theatre of the world' caught the attention of a young Stanley Kubrick
Death of Lenin
A hundred years ago today, on 21 January 1924, the Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin died. Here's how the news was reported in Britain.
Mulberry Street, New York (1900)
This photograph takes us into Manhattan's teeming streets at the turn of the twentieth century
Inside Amiens Cathedral (1918)
A journalist describes a poignant service in a barricaded and subdued church
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