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James Reston, Jr.

Senior Scholar

Contact Information:
T 202/691-4000 // F 202/691-4001
Expertise:
History
;
U.S. History
;
Religion
;
U.S. Politics
;
North America
;
United States
Affiliation:
Author
Wilson Center Project(s):
"The Nineteenth Hijacker"
Term:
Oct 01, 2002
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Sep 30, 2014

James Reston is the author of 15 books, three plays, and numerous articles in national magazines. He was awarded the Prix Italia and the Dupont-Columbia Award for his 1983 90 minute radio documentary on National Public Radio, "Father Cares: the Last of Jonestown." His last four historical works, Galileo: A Life, The Last ApocalypseWarriors 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. His articles have appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time, The New York Times Magazine, George, Esquire, American Theatre, Playboy, and Rolling Stone.

In recent years he has lectured widely in the United States and overseas on the millennium and the crusades, citing their relevance to modern issues. In addition to his tenure at the Wilson Center, he has been a fellow at the American Academy in Rome and a scholar in residence at the Library of Congress.Born in New York in 1941, he was raised in Washington, D.C. and attended the University of North Carolina on a Morehead Scholarship where he earned his B.A. in philosophy. At UNC he was an All South soccer player and after 42 years still holds the single game scoring record for the university. Reston was an assistant to U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Steward Udall, 1964-65 and served in the U.S. Army, 1965-68. He was a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina, 1971-81. Reston is married, has three children and lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Major Publications

  • The Accidental Victim: JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald, and the Real Target in Dallas (Zola Books, 2013)
  • The Conviction of Richard Nixon: The Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews (Harmony, 2007)
  • Fragile Innocence: A Father's Memoir of His Daughter's Courageous Journey (Harmony Books, 2006)
  • Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors (Doubleday, 2005)
  • Warriors of God: Richard the Lionhearted and Saladin in the Third Crusade (Doubleday, 2001)
  • The Last Apocalypse: Europe in the Year 1000 A.D. (1998)
  • Galileo: A Life (1994)
  • Collision at Home Plate: The Lives of Pete Rose and Bart Giamatti (1991)
  • The Lone Star: The Life of John Connally (1989)
  • Sherman's March and Vietnam (1985)
  • Jonestown Express, a play (1984)
  • Our Father Who Art in Hell: The Life and Death of Jim Jones (1981)
  • Sherman, the Peacemaker, a play (1979)
  • The Innocence of Joan Little (1977)
  • The Knock at Midnight, a novel (1975)
  • The Amnesty of John David Herndon (1973)
  • To Defend, To Destroy, a novel (1971)

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