Joseph E. Persico
is an author. From 1974 to 1977 he was primary speechwriter to Vice President
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Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller was the 41st Vice President of the United States , serving under President Gerald Ford, and the 49th Governor of New York , as well as serving the Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower administrations in a variety of positions...
. He now lives in Guilderland, New York
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His book Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial
tells the story of the Nuremberg Trials
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; it was adapted for television as the docudrama Nuremberg
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In 1952 He received a BA in English and Political Science from the New York State College for Teachers (now the University at Albany). Following graduation he joined the U.S. Navy where he served as a Lieutenant Junior Grade aboard a minesweeper and also worked at NATO
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After three years he left the Navy and joined Governor W. Averell Harriman
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as a writer and researcher. In 1960 Persico joined the United States Information Agency
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working in Argentina, Brazil, and Washington as a Foreign Service Officer.
From 1963 until 1966, he served as Executive Assistant to the New York State Health Commissioner and in 1966 became the chief speechwriter for then Governor of New York
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Nelson A. Rockefeller. He remained Rockefeller's primary speechwriter throughout the latter's Vice Presidency.
In 1977, following the end of Rockefeller's tenure, Persico published My Enemy My Brother: Men and Days of Gettysburg
, an historical work of non fiction covering the American Civil War
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In 1979 he published a novel, The Spiderweb
, and a further nonfiction study, Piercing the Reich: The Penetration of Nazi Germany by American Secret Agents During World War II
Three years later he produced, The Imperial Rockefeller,
a biography of his former employer. This was followed by a Biography of Edward R. Murrow
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. In 1995 He co-wrote Colin L. Powell's autobiography.
Throughout the 1990s, Persico continued to produce historical books (Casey: From the OSS to the CIA
and Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial
) as well as numerous articles on American history.
In November 2001 he published Roosevelt's Secret War: FDR and World War II Espionage
and in 2004, Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour: Armistice Day, 1918, World War I and Its Violent Climax