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Damn, damn, damn!

William Manchester is dead.

Author of American Caesar, the larger-than-life biography of that larger-than-life general Douglas MacArthur, Goodbye, Darkness, his semi-autobiographical history of the Marines' war in the Pacific, and a shitload of other excellent biographies and popular histories (did I mention The Arms of Krupp?) Manchester was at work on the third volume of his biography of Churchill, The Last Lion, when he was crippled by a series of strokes that left him incapable of finishing.

I feel almost as bad as I did when I heard that Robert Heinlein had died.