- Juan Coleprofessor of History at the University of Michigan. He runs an analytical website called “Informed Comment” where he provides a daily round-up of news and events in Iraq and elsewhere in the Arab world. In his new book, Juan Cole steps back from his widely-regarded analysis of contemporary politics to chronicle the first Western invasion of the Middle East since the Crusades. “Napolean’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East” is a history of France’s 1798 invasion of Egypt, a conquest that still has repercussions today.
As the old saying goes — just a little grain of sand can bring a roaring machine to a screeching halt.
• Magalie Laurent, a nurse at Coney Island Hospital who first broke the story of the torture of a 30-year-old Haitian immigrant.