Special Section: In Search of History

A Personal Adventure

War and famine in China. Europe rising from its ruins. The carnival of that most American of spectacles, a presidential campaign. Eyewitness to all these events, and more, Theodore H. White has produced a steady flow of distinguished reportage for four decades: stirring dispatches for TIME and LIFE magazines from Asia in convulsion; a bestselling book on the civil war that eventually brought Communism to Peking, Thunder out of China (1946); another on Western Europe's phoenix-like recovery from the devastation of World War II, Fire in the Ashes (1953); and then, after his return to a changed...

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