The Civil War was the first major conflict in history to be photographed – and Manhattan portrait artist Mathew Brady was the foremost man behind the camera, as recounted in this excellent history of the origins of photojournalism in America.
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December 13: "When God sees us in this condition, he will rescue us from the infidel and the enemy."
Critic and ardent home cook Heller McAlpin recommends new cookbooks whose winning voices and visual delights are just as beguiling as the dishes they highlight.
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