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Name:  John Gunther  

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Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD C:YA

Born: 1901 in Chicago, Illinois

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Gunther was born on the Northe Side of Chicago. He attended Lake View High School and received his PhD from the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Gunther was a popular journalist, network radio commentator, correspondent, lecturer and author. He was a world traveler and observer. Gunther was active from the 1920's until shortly before he died. His success came primarily in the 1940s and 1950s with a series of popular sociopolitical works known as the "Inside" books. He was a contributor to more than thirty magazines, including: ''Harper's'', ''Reader's Digest'' and ''Look''. He was the editor of the ''Mainstream of Modern World History'' series for Doubleday.


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