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(August 21, 1912- ) Born Robert John Donovan in Buffalo, New York. Graduated from high school in Buffalo; failure of father's business frustrated college plans. In 1933 took job as copyboy at Courier-Express in Buffalo; promoted to reporter. Joined staff of New York Herald-Tribune in 1937. Covered City Hall beginning in 1942. After wartime service in Europe, including stint at Stars and Stripes in Paris, reported from Washington for Herald-Tribune (1947-63). Covered 1948 Harry Truman campaign. Became Washington bureau chief for Los Angeles Times in 1963, and associate editor in 1970, serving until 1977. Currently lives in Washington, D.C. His books include The Assassins (1955), Eisenhower: The Inside Story (1956), PT 109: John F. Kennedy in World War II (1961), The Future of the Republican Party (1964), Conflict and Crisis: The Presidency of Harry S. Truman, 1945-48 (1977), Tumultuous Years: The Presidency of Harry S. Truman, 1949-53 (1982), Nemesis: Truman and Johnson in the Coils of War in Asia (1984), The Second Victory: The Marshall Plan and the Postwar Revival of Europe (1987), Confidential Secretary: Ann Whitman's Twenty Years with Eisenhower and Rockefeller (1988), Unsilent Revolution: Television News and American Public Life, 1948-1991 (1992, with Ray Scherer), and Boxing the Kangaroo: A Reporter's Memoir (2000).