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Douglas Southall Freeman (1886-1953) won two Pulitzer Prizes for his biographies R. E. Lee and George Washington; he also edited the Richmond News Leader, made twice-daily radio news broadcasts, and taught journalism at Columbia University.
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Born in 1886, the son of a Confederate veteran, Douglas Southall Freeman remains one of the greatest historians of the Civil War. His monumental biographies, including Lee's Lieutenants and the Pulitzer Prize-winning R. E. Lee, continue to be popular and valuable reference books for anyone studying that period.
Freeman's prodigious intellectual energies were not limited to Civil War history. He received a second, posthumous Pulitzer Prize for his six-volume study of George Washington. By employing a strict personal schedule--often rising at 2:30 a.m.--Freeman managed to produce such momentous historical works while also editing a daily newspaper and making twice-daily radio news broadcasts.
Though a proud and loyal Virginian, Freeman and his influence spread far beyond his native city of Richmond. During Freeman's tenure as editor of the Richmond News Leader from 1915 to 1949, world leaders, like Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower, sought his advice. Throughout World War I, Pres. Woodrow Wilson read Freeman's daily reports about the conflict in Europe.
Until now, no biography of this important and influential figure has existed.
Undertaken with the blessing of the Freeman family, this biography represents years of exhaustive research. The author was allowed access to Freeman's copious papers--over 244 boxes in the Library of Congress alone. David Johnson also conducted interviews with many of Freeman's surviving relatives, especially his eldest daughter, Mary Tyler McClenahan, and coworkers, including nationally syndicated columnist James Kilpatrick. The resulting study brings to life the many achievements and diverse talents of Douglas Southall Freeman.
David E. Johnson serves as senior counsel to the attorney general of Virginia. He was graduated from the College of William and Mary and the T. C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. He lives with his wife, Holly, and their three children in Midlothian, Virginia.
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"David Johnson's even-handed biography of Douglas Southall Freeman exactly limns an extraordinary man. The Doc, as we newsmen knew him, would be pleased."
--James J. Kilpatrick
Everyone interested in American history, especially the Civil War years, owes an enormous debt to Douglas Southall Freeman (1886-1953). His acclaimed biographies, including Lee's Lieutenants and the Pulitzer Prize-winning R. E. Lee, are still widely read and enjoyed. Freeman was awarded another Pulitzer for George Washington, and those six volumes remain the definitive work on the first president. Such literary accomplishments would be enough for many writers, but Freeman researched and wrote his books while simultaneously editing a daily newspaper, the Richmond News Leader, from 1915 to 1949 and broadcasting the news twice a day on WRNL Radio.
Freeman's influence was not confined to Virginia or the South, nor was his expertise limited to studying the past. During World War I, Pres. Woodrow Wilson read Freeman's daily reports about the conflict in Europe. Freeman also acted as friend and advisor to world leaders like Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower. Time Magazine honored him with a cover story and the reporters from Life tried in vain to keep up with his schedule.
At last, David E. Johnson has produced the first book about this legendary figure and his numerous achievements. Comprehensive in scope and exhaustively researched, Douglas Southall Freeman stands as a biography worthy of its subject.
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