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William Bradford Huie
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(November 13, 1910-November 22, 1986) Born in Hartselle, Alabama. Graduated from University of Alabama in 1930. Worked as reporter for Birmingham Post (1932-36) and as associate editor of American Mercury (1941-43). Served in the U.S. Navy (1943-45), after which he returned to Mercury as editor and publisher, remaining until 1952. Later in the 1950s interviewed major political figures for CBS series Chronoscope. With Zora Neale Hurston, covered 1954 Florida murder trial of Ruby McCollum; published Ruby McCollum: Woman in the Suwannee Jail (1956). In wake of 1967 novel The Klansman, a cross was burned on his lawn. Died in Guntersville, Alabama. His books of fiction include Mud on the Stars (1942), The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1951), Wolf Whistle and Other Stories (1959), The Americanization of Emily (1959), The Hero of Iwo Jima and Other Stories (1962), Hotel Mamie Stover (1963), In the Hours of the Night (1975); nonfiction, The Fight for Air Power (1942), Seabee Roads to Victory (1944), Can Do!: The Story of the Seabees (1944), From Omaha to Okinawa: The Story of the Seabees (1945), The Case against the Admirals: Why We Must Have a Unified Command (1946), The Execution of Private Slovik (1954), The Hiroshima Pilot: The Case of Major Claude Eatherly (1964), Three Lives for Mississippi (1965), He Slew the Dreamer: My Search with James Earl Ray for the Truth about the Murder of Martin Luther King (1970), A New Life To Live: Jimmy Putnam's Story (editor, 1977), It's Me, O Lord! (1979), The Ray of Hope (1984), and To Live and Die in Dixie (1985).