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W. A. Swanberg
W. A. Swanberg has written highly acclaimed biographies of two American journalists, William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, and is now at work on a third, on the late Henry Luce of Time, Inc. A major souce for this article was They Came to Kill , by Eugene, Rachlis (Random House, 1961). Three of the key participants in the affair later wrote their own accounts: Francis Biddle in In Brief Authority (Doubleday, 1962), Georg Johann Dasch in Eight Spies Against America (McBride, 1959), and former provost marshal Albert M. Cox in “The Saboteur Story” in the Records of the Columbia Historical Society , 1961. In addition to consulting these and other pertinent books and articles, Mr. Swanberg corresponded with F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover and interviewed both former coastguardsman Cullen and former Attorney General Biddle.
Articles by this Contributor
In his old age, William Randolph Hearst did a stately pleasure dome decree, and yet the secret river, youth, escaped him
On the brink of the Civil War southern arsenals began to fill with thousands of federal guns, sent there by a Cabinet officer
Why do we need a national nonprofit membership society for American history?
“Save America’s Treasures” has been totally eliminated—the largest Federal program supporting preservation of such treasures as the original Star Spangled Banner and George Washington’s tent.
65% of Americans don’t know what happened at the Constitutional Convention, according to a recent survey by Newsweek.
The “Teaching American History” grants—the largest Federal program supporting history education—have been completely eliminated.
Visits to the Top 20 Civil War battlefields have dropped in half from 1970 to 2009 according to official National Park Service statistics.
40% of Americans can’t identify whom we fought in World War II, according to a recent survey by Newsweek.
A quarter of Americans believe Congress shares power over U.S. foreign policy with the United Nations, according to a recent Annenberg survey.
“There is little that is more important for an American citizen to know than the history and traditions of his country,” John F. Kennedy wrote in American Heritage.
The “We the People Program,” which touched some 30 million students and 90,000 teachers over 25 years, has been completely eliminated.
Two-thirds of Americans could not correctly name Yorktown as the last major military action of the American Revolution, according to a recent national Gallup survey.
The National Heritage Areas and Scenic Byways program, the only major Federal program encouraging visits to historic places, has been completely eliminated in Congressional committee.