For the past forty years the author has interviewed many interesting people as he wrote his twelve non-fiction and historical books. The most memorable stories came unsolicited or accidentally and often revealed more than the person intended. These encounters are presented here in the belief that telling stories about people is what authors are supposed to do and when the author is an historian no fascinating story should be left untold.
Praise for ENCOUNTERS
“In ‘Encounters,’ eminent historian Joseph E. Persico displays another side to his prodigious talent. These sketches of celebrities, newsmakers and the merely famous he encountered are gossipy, fun and breezy set pieces that amount to a glass of bubbly raised in a toast to a brilliant career. Savor them with the same spirit of lighthearted brio in which they were written.”
—Paul Grondahl, author of Mayor Corning: Albany Icon, Albany Enigma
Joseph E. Persico is the author of Roosevelt Centurions; Roosevelt’s Secret War; Franklin and Lucy; Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour; My Enemy, My Brother; Piercing the Reich; and Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial, which was made into a television docudrama. His biographies include Casey; The Imperial Rockefeller; and Edward R. Murrow. He also collaborated with Colin Powell on his autobiography, My American Journey.