Stanley Karnow

Stanley Karnow (born 1925 in New York City) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who covered Asia from 1959 as chief correspondent for Time and Life magazines. Until 1974 he was in southeast Asia reporting for the Saturday Evening Post, the London Observer, the Washington Post, and NBC News. He is a graduate of the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Paris Institute of Political Studies).

During World War II, he served in the United States Army Air Corps in Asia.

Present in Vietnam in July 1959 when the first Americans were killed, he reported on the Vietnam War in its entirety. This landed him a place on the master list of Nixon political opponents. It was during this time that he drew together the stimulus for his seminal 1983 book Vietnam: A History. He was chief correspondent for the PBS series Vietnam: A Television History, which won him six Emmy Award, a Peabody Award, a George Polk Award and an DuPont-Columbia Award. In 1990, Karnow won the Pulitzer Prize in history for his book In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines. His other books include Mao and China: From Revolution to Revolution, which was nominated for a National Book Award; and Paris in the Fifties (1997), a memoir history of his own experiences of living in Paris in the 1950s.

Karnow currently lives outside of Washington, D.C. He belongs to the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Society of Historians.


  • Vietnam: A History ISBN 0140265473
  • In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines ISBN 0-345-32816-7
  • Mao and China: From Revolution to Revolution
  • Paris in the Fifties a memoir (1997) ISBN 0-8129-2781-8

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