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Frances FitzGerald is an American
United States
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 journalist
Journalist
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 and author
Author
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. She is primarily known for her acclaimed journalistic account of the Vietnam War
Vietnam War
The Vietnam War was a Cold War-era military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. This war followed the First Indochina War and was fought between North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies, and the government of...

.

Biography


FitzGerald's parents were New York lawyer Desmond FitzGerald and socialite Marietta Peabody
Marietta Peabody Tree
Marietta Peabody Tree was an American socialite and political supporter, who represented the United States on the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, appointed under the administration of John F...

. As a teenager, she wrote voluminous letters to Governor Adlai Stevenson expressing her opinion on many subjects, a reflection of her deep interest in world affairs. FitzGerald is married to James P. Sterba, a former writer for The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal is an American English-language international daily newspaper. It is published in New York City by Dow Jones & Company, a division of News Corporation, along with the Asian and European editions of the Journal....

. The couple live in New York City
New York City
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 and Maine
Maine
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, about which Sterba wrote in his book Frankie's Place.

Career


FitzGerald is best known for her book, Fire in the Lake (1972), which was met with great acclaim when it was published and remains one of the most notable books about the Vietnam War. She was awarded both a Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
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 and the National Book Award
National Book Award
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 for the book.

FitzGerald's subsequent volumes include America Revised, a highly critical review of high school history textbooks (1979); Cities on a Hill (1987); Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War (2000); Rewriting American history, a short article in The Norton Reader; and Vietnam: Spirits of the Earth (2002).

FitzGerald's writing has also appeared in The New Yorker
The New Yorker
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, and the New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine
The New York Times Magazine
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, Esquire, Architectural Digest
Architectural Digest
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, and Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone is a US-based magazine devoted to music, liberal politics, and popular culture that is published every two weeks. Rolling Stone was founded in San Francisco in 1967 by Jann Wenner and music critic Ralph J...

. She serves on the editorial boards of The Nation
The Nation
The Nation is the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States. The periodical, devoted to politics and culture, is self-described as "the flagship of the left." Founded on July 6, 1865, It is published by The Nation Company, L.P., at 33 Irving Place, New York City.The Nation...

 and Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy is a bimonthly American magazine founded in 1970 by Samuel P. Huntington and Warren Demian Manshel.Originally, the magazine was a quarterly...

, and is vice-president of International PEN
International PEN
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.

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