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Joseph E. Persico

Joseph E. Persico (1930 – 2014), was a military historian and biographer, who served in the U.S. Navy and worked as chief speechwriter for Vice President Nelson Rockefeller. His last book, Roosevelt's Centurions: FDR and the Commanders He Led to Victory in World War II (Random House) was published in 2013.

Articles by this Author

Debate over America's involvement in World War II came to a head in July 1941 as the Senate argued over a draft extension bill. The decision would have profound consequences for the nation.
Justice served nearly fifty years ago in a wrecked German city still casts its eight and shadow over much of the world
Forty years ago, a tangle of chaotic events led to the death of Hitler, the surrender of the Nazis, and the end of World War II in Europe
The Dean of American Movie Men at Seventy-Five
It became apparent that this influenza was a first-rate killer.
The city panicked with fear of the Mafia when the police chief was murdered