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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Writer Joe McGinniss Dies

Joe McGinniss, author of The Selling of the President, 1968, and Fatal Vision, has died at the age of 71. Mr. McGinniss was only 26 when he wrote the The Selling of the President, which was an eye-opener for those who analyzed presidential campaigns (and those who simply voted in them). Later, Mr. McGinniss signed on to observe the defense of accused murderer Jeffrey MacDonald. Captain MacDonald wanted a sympathetic account from Mr. McGinniss, but ultimately he didn't get one in Fatal Vision. The publication resulted in a famous lawsuit and yet another book, this one by New Yorker writer Janet Malcolm, The Journalist and the Murderer.  Later, Mr. McGinniss moved to Alaska, next door to Sarah Palin, in order to observe her more closely. He ultimately published a biography of her, The Rogue, which made controversial claims about the former Alaska governor. 

More here about Mr. McGinniss' career from the Washington Post, here from the New York Times.

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