French Nomenclature

by Richard Brookhiser

Re: Mme. Chiang Kai Shek, I now understand why Churchill’s first letter to Stalin in WWII, trying to cobble together an alliance of good and evil to stop evil, was addressed to Monsieur Stalin.

We can imagine that if Trotsky had won out, and been un-Communistically charitable, Stalin might have ended up in some low-rent arrondisement of Paris, running a dirtyish restaurant, and known to his neighbors as Monsieur Stalin.