copyright 2001; John Wiley & Sons publishers, New York; larger hardbound with ebony boards and silver lettering along spine; very good condition; dust jacket good.
Denis Brian (born 11 December 1923, Cardiff) is a journalist and author of many books, notably a 1996 biography Einstein: a life.
Brian graduated from Ravensbourne School, Bromley in 1939 and then worked as a reporter for the Irish News Service in Fleet Street for two years. Upon reaching the age of eighteen, he joined the Royal Air Force; after two years' training (mostly in Canada) he became a Lancaster bomber pilot with the rank of flight lieutenant. He flew 36 missions and was awarded the DFC. After WWII he studied playwriting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and several of his plays were produced in English theatres. In 1957 Brian emigrated to the United States, where he worked as a freelance writer and editor for several publications, including the Writer's Literary Agency. In the early 1960s he began writing books. His novel The love-minded received favourable reviews. In the 1970s he moved to West Palm Beach. He has a wife, a daughter, and two grandchildren.
This intriguing biography of one of the most monumental and controversial figures in publishing history is filled with fascinating stories of the Hungarian emigrant's rise from a practically penniless soldier in the Union army to U.S. congressman, and, finally, to the pinnacle of American journalism - and power - as the owner of two of the country's preeminent newspapers, the St. Louis Post-Dispath and New York World...