Inside: The Biography of John Gunther

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E-Reads, Oct 1, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 424 pages
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His name is all but forgotten today, but it was said that during that 1930's, John Gunther was one of the three best-known Americans alive--the other two being President Franklin D. Roosevelt and pioneer aviator Charles Lindbergh. Gunther, who started out as a foreign correspondent for the old Chicago Daily News, was catapulted to a worldwide fame with publication of Inside Europe. That 1936 book, a candid, inside look at the dangers posed by Hitler and Mussolini, became an international best seller and earned Gunther a spot on the Gestapo's death list. However, not only did Gunther survive the war, he went on to write a whole series of "Inside" books, which sold like wildfire and made their globe-trotting author rich and famous. Gunther knew everyone who was anyone in the middle decades of the last century. He made a fortune and spent it on a lavish, freewheeling lifestyle that saw him dine with kings and queens, presidents and dictators, as he romanced Hollywood starlets. But for all his success and fame, Gunther was at times a troubled man who knew more than his fair share of personal tragedy. This unauthorized biography, a non-fiction finalist for the 1992 Governor General's Literary Awards (Canada's most prestigious literary awards), takes an inside look at a complex, fascinating, and larger-than-life character who was one of the giants of twentieth-century American journalism.

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The first and only biography of John Gunther, a writer who is today all but forgotten despite the fact that in the late 1930s it was said that he was one of the three most famous Americans alive. The ... Read full review

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Ken Cuthbertson, born May 7, 1951, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada; son of James T (a blacksmith) and Dorothy M. (a homemaker; maiden name, Hubley); married Marianne Hunter (a nurse), October 7, 1978; children: three daughters. Education: Queens University, B.A. (Arts), 1974; University of Western Ontario, M.S. (Journalism), L.L.B. 1983. Politics: Pragmatist. Religion: Atheist. Avocational interests: Running, reading, baseball.

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