William Manchester Captures Tumultuous 20th Century in eBook Trio

William Manchester, the celebrated biographer and historian, recorded real lives and events in a prose style that keeps the reader fully engaged. RosettaBooks has now made three of the bestselling author's well-known works available for download as eBooks.

"Nobody has the storytelling power of William Manchester to make history come alive for readers the way he does," said Arthur Klebanoff, CEO of RosettaBooks. "We are delighted to bring these selections to our digital reading audience."

A friend of President John F. Kennedy, Manchester wrote the intimate portrait The Death of a President. The historian reflects on crafting the celebrated tribute to the assassinated president in his essay Controversy. The title piece of his compilation book, Controversy: And Other Essays in Journalism 1950-1975, reveals the details of his struggle with Jackie Kennedy to get the account published.

"A work of love, even passion," said Gore Vidal of the original piece. "Mr. Manchester's final telling of the death of Kennedy is most moving; it is also less controversial than one had been lead to believe by those who read the original manuscript."

While working as a journalist at The Baltimore Sun, Manchester met H.L. Mencken, the influential writer and co-founder of magazines The American Mercury and The Smart Set. Later, Manchester made Mencken the subject of his Master's thesis while attending the University of Missouri. The "conservative anarchist," as Mencken was known, provided Manchester with compelling material, and The Life and Riotous Times of H.L. Mencken helped to establish William Manchester's reputation when it was released in 1951.

According to The New Yorker review, "Manchester's book is written with verve, intellectual sophistication, and a prickly wit worthy of its eminent subject... [The Life and Riotous Times of H.L. Mencken] performs a considerable service for American intellectual history. It is, besides, a first-class piece of literate entertainment."

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