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February 21, 2010
Ted Morgan
Author, "Valley of Death: The Tragedy at Dien Bien Phu That Led America into the Vietnam War"
Ted Morgan BIO:
CURRENTLY
·Author of "Valley of Death: The Tragedy at Dien Bien Phu That Led America Into the Vietnam War"

PREVIOUS BOOKS
·The Secret War: The Story of International Espionage since 1945 (1962)
·The French: Portrait of a People (1969)
·Epitaph for Kings (1969)
·The Strong Brown God: The Story of the Niger River (1977)
·On Becoming American (1978)
·Maugham (1980)
·Churchill: A Young Man in a Hurry (1982)
·FDR: A Biography (1985)
·Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs (1990)
·An Uncertain Hour: The French, the Germans, the Jews, the Barbie Trial, and the City of Lyon, 1940-1945 (1990)
·Wilderness at Dawn: The Settling of the North American Continent (1994)
· A Shovel of Stars: The Making of the American West 1800 to the Present (1996)
·A Covert Life: Jay Lovestone, Communist, Anti-Communist and Spymaster (1999)
·Reds: McCarthyism in Twentieth Century America (2003)
·My Battle of Algiers (2005)

OTHER
·Born March 30, 1932 in Geneva, France
·Graduate of Yale
·Won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting in 1961
·1982 National Book Award Finalist for his biography Maugham




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Info: Our guest is Pulitzer prize winning author Ted Morgan. His 19th book, to be published later this month (February 23rd), is the story of a 1954 battle where the French were defeated by the Vietnamese resistance forces, ending French rule in Indochina. That battle ultimately led to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. The title of the book is "Valley of Death: The Tragedy at Dien Bien Phu That Led America Into the Vietnam War." In 1961, while working for The New York Herald Tribune, Ted Morgan won a Pulitzer prize for Local Reporting. Born in France, he became an American citizen in 1977. Ted Morgan's previous books include biographies of Churchill, FDR, and writer Somerset Maugham. He also wrote "Reds: McCarthyism in Twentieth-Century America."





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