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February 21, 2013

Stanley Karnow, Author, Correspondent

Karnow drew upon his experience as a journalist to write Vietnam: A History, which became an acclaimed PBS documentary.

Stanley Karnow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist who wrote an authoritative book about the Vietnam War and the documentary adapted from it, died January 27, 2013, in Potomac, Maryland. He was 87.

According to news reports, Karnow had congestive heart failure and died in his sleep at his home.

Karnow worked for many years as a journalist covering Southeast Asia, and was writing about Vietnam in the 1950s, well before the region erupted in war.

He worked for Time, The Washington Post and other publications, and drew upon his experience in the 1983 book Vietnam: A History, which became an acclaimed 13-part PBS documentary.

The documentary series won six Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award and a Polk Award, and was the highest-rated documentary at the time for public television.

More about Karnow and his work is available at:


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