Barbara Wertheim Tuchman, 1912 - 1989

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Born: 30 January 1912, New York City
Died: 6 February 1989, Greenwich, Connecticut

Barbara Wertheim's father was a wealthy banker and noted philanthropist, her mother was the granddaughter of diplomat Henry Morganthau. She attended Walden School and graduated from Radcliffe in 1933. She spent two years at the Institute of Pacific Relations, including a year at Tokyo. Her father had bought The Nation and she joined the staff as a writer, then covering the Spanish Civil War from Valencia and Madrid. She married Dr Lester Tuchman, an internist, in 1940, worked for the Office of War Information during WW II, then took several years off to raise a family. She had written one book on the history of England and Spain earlier and she began work on Bible and Sword while her daughters were young. To the horror of most professional historians, she went on to write a dozen of the most-readable volumes of history, collecting two Pulitzers and ten honorary doctorates. She felt that most historians were so taken with the details of history that they failed to tell a compelling story that would hold readers' interest. At the time of her death from complications related to a stroke, her book on the international background of the American Revolution, The First Salute, was on The New York Times best seller list.

Biography from Wikipedia and Jewish Women's Archive

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