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James Reston Jr. 

Author of 18 books, three plays, and numerous articles in national magazines. Winner of Prix Italia and the Dupont-Columbia Award for his chilling 1983 ninety-minute radio documentary on National Public Radio, "Father Cares: the Last of Jonestown." His last five historical works, Galileo: A Life, The Last Apocalypse, Warriors of God, Dogs of God, and Defenders of the Faith have been translated into thirteen foreign languages. Warriors of God and Collision at Home Plate have been optioned by Hollywood. The Last Apocalypse was a main selection of the Book of the Month Club. Warriors of God is an international best seller with over 200,000 copies sold world-wide and still selling. Fragile Innocence, his memoir of bringing up his handicapped daughter, reached #8 on the Washington Post best seller list. In 1976-1977, Reston was David Frost's Watergate adviser for the famous Frost/​Nixon Interviews, seen by 57 million people world-wide. His narrative of that experience was published in 2007 and entitled The Conviction of Richard Nixon: The Untold Story of the Frost/​Nixon Interviews and was the main inspiration to the British playwright, Peter Morgan, in the making of his hit London play, "Frost/​Nixon." Reston is a major character and the narrator of the play. In the Hollywood adaptation of the play, directed by Ron Howard,and nominated for five Academy Awards, Reston is played by the actor, Sam Rockwell. His articles have appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time, The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Esquire, American Theatre, Playboy, and Rolling Stone. He recently contributed the Foreword to the National Geographic book, Eyewitness to History. In recent years he has lectured widely in the United States (Smithsonian, Library of Congress, Woodrow Wilson Center) and overseas on the millennium, the crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, and the Ottomans at Vienna, citing their relevance to modern issues. He has been a fellow at the American Academy in Rome,a fellow at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress and a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.
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