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William Manchester
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    (April 1, 1922-June 1, 2004)
    Born in Springfield, Massachusetts
    Wrote the novels 'The City of Anger' (1953) and 'The Long Gainer' (1961)
    Wrote the biographies 'Disturber of the Peace' (about H. L. Mencken, 1951), 'The House of Krupp' (1968), 'American Caesar' (about Douglas MacArthur, 1978) and two volumes of 'The Last Lion' (about Winston Churchill, 1983-88)
    Wrote 'Portrait of a President' (1964) and 'The Death of a President' (1968) about John F. Kennedy
    History professor and writer-in-residence at Wesleyan University
    Although Jacqueline Kennedy had authorized 'The Death of a President,' she sued to prevent its publication.
    The tapes of his conversations with Jackie Kennedy are sealed until 2067.
    Lyndon Johnson said about 'Death of a President,' 'All of it makes Bobby look like a great hero and makes me look like a son of a bitch and 95% of it is completely fabricated.'
    When his publishers hired another author to complete 'The Last Lion' when a stroke left him unable to write, he complained, 'It's like asking a mother to let someone else raise her baby.'
    He was known for his meticulous research and lively writing style.
    He was married to his wife Julia for 50 years until her death.
    He served with the Marines in World War II and was seriously wounded at Okinawa.
    When students at Wesleyan staged a 'die in' to protest Marine recruiters on campus, he wrote a letter to the school newspaper noting, 'Clearly they knew nothing of how fighting men die' and provided a bluntly graphic description, adding, 'If they are going to do it, they ought to do it right.'

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