Sunday, January 27, 2013

Stanley Karnow: Another good guy gone

Stanley Karnow was one of those late 1950s reporters who began as a stenographer, trusting the official American government line about the war against Vietnam, and then, as the 1960s wore on, began to push harder and harder for the truth.

His majestic book on the American war against Vietnam is definitely one of the great books on that topic that provides a deep understanding of just what we as a nation did in Southeast Asia in the mid 20th Century.

Karnow passed away this weekend at age 87, and here is his obituary from the Los Angeles Times.

The obit is great and also reminds me of his fabulous book on the American government's conduct in the Philippines in the 19th and early to mid 20th Centuries.

Karnow, another good guy now gone. May young reporters find inspiration in remembering him.


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