The Press: Larger Than Life

At the Villa Akhnaton, on Cairo's outskirts, newsmen found the host in a loquacious mood. Karl Henry von Wiegand had been a journalist before his guests were born, and he was eager to spin yarns out of his past. Inevitably, he remembered his 1914 interview with Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Germany, some three months after the prince's father, Kaiser Wilhelm, had entered World War I: "Willie said to me, 'My dear Wiegand, you must tell Papa that we have lost the war. Every time I attempt to tell him, he gets furious at me.' "

As he reminisced through that long...

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