James Mann (writer)

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James Mann is a Washington-based journalist and author. He has written a series of non-fiction books, including three about America's relationship with China and four more about American foreign policy. His group biography about George W. Bush's war cabinet, Rise of The Vulcans, was a New York Times best-seller. As a newspaper journalist, he worked for more than two decades for The Los Angeles Times, where he served as Supreme Court correspondent, Beijing bureau chief and foreign-policy columnist. Earlier in his career, he worked at The Washington Post, where he took part in the newspaper's Watergate coverage.

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Mann was born and raised in Albany, New York,[1] where both his father Jay D. Mann and his grandfather Abraham Mann were local physicians. His mother, Peggy Lebair Mann, was both the coach of women's tennis at the State University of New York at Albany and a longtime tennis umpire who officiated at both the U.S. Open and at Wimbledon. Mann graduated from Harvard University in 1968 with a B.A. in sociology. During his 33-year newspaper career, he worked for the New Haven Journal-Courier, The Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer., the Baltimore Sun and the Los Angeles Times. He served as Chief of the Beijing bureau of the Los Angeles Times from 1984 to 1987.[2]

His magazine articles have appeared in The New Republic,[3]The Atlantic Monthly,[4] The American Prospect, and The American Lawyer. His 1992 artlcle, "Who Was Deep Throa?t" was included in the Atlantic Monthly's collection, "The American Idea: The Best of The Atlantic Monthly: 150 Years of Writers and Thinkers Who Have Shaped Our History."

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