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James Reston, Jr.

AKA James Barrett Reston, Jr.

Born: 8-Mar-1941
Birthplace: New York City

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Conviction of Richard Nixon

Military service: US Army (1965-68)

Did most of the background preparation for David Frost's famous 1977 interview with Richard M. Nixon, perhaps the most celebrated interview of that decade. Reston obtained recordings of three highly incriminating conversations Nixon had with Chuck Colson, and Frost surprised the former president, turned the tide of the interview. Nixon apologized to the nation for his behavior.

Father: James Reston (journalist, b. 3-Nov-1909, d. 6-Dec-1995)
Wife: Sarah Jane Fulton
Wife: Denise Brender Leary (m. 12-Jun-1971, three children)

    University: Oxford University (attended 1961-62)
    University: BA Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1963)

    US Interior Department Asst. to Interior Secretary Stewart Udall (1964-65)
    Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Senior Scholar

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Author of books:
To Defend, To Destroy (1971, novel)
The Amnesty of John David Herndon (1973)
The Knock at Midnight (1973, novel)
The Innocence of Joan Little (1977)
Our Father Who Art in Hell: The Life and Death of Jim Jones (1981, biography)
Sherman's March and Vietnam (1985)
The Lone Star: The Life of John Connally (1989, biography)
Collision at Home Plate: The Lives of Pete Rose and Bart Giamatti (1991, biography)
Galileo: A Life (1994, biography)
The Last Apocalypse: Europe in the Year 1000 AD (1998)
Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade (2001, biography)
Fragile Innocence: A Father's Memoir of His Daughter's Courageous Journey (2006)
The Conviction of Richard Nixon: The Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews (2007)

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