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Acclaimed military historian John Keegan passed away last week at his home in England. He was 78. The author of twenty books, including The American Civil War and The First World War, Keegan had been a fellow at Princeton University and a visiting professor of history at Vassar College. His full New York Times can be read here.
Gore Vidal, author and American intellectual, passed away last week at the age of 86. A literary giant whose career spanned seven decades, Vidal's longevity was almost as impressive as the breadth of his work. A noted playwright, novelist, essayist and public intellectual, Vidal wore many hats and will remembered for the great ease with which he moved from noir thrillers and historical fiction to political essays and memoir. His New York Times obituary can be accessed here.