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Jean Lacouture in 2010
9 June 1921|
|Died||16 July 2015
Jean Lacouture (June 9, 1921 – July 16, 2015) was a journalist, historian and author. He was particularly famous for his biographies.
Jean Lacouture was born in Bordeaux, France. He began his career in journalism in 1950 in Combat as diplomatic redactor. He joined Le Monde in 1951. In 1953, he worked in Cairo for France Soir, before returning to Le Monde as director for the overseas services, and grand reporter (one of the highest titles in French journalism) until 1975.
Politically engaged on the Left, Lacouture supported decolonisation, and Mitterrand from 1981. He worked for the Nouvel Observateur, and L'Histoire. He is interviewed in the 1968 documentary film about the Vietnam War entitled In the Year of the Pig.
Lacouture was also director for publication at Seuil, one of the main French publishers, from 1961 to 1982, and professor at the IEP of Paris between 1969 and 1972.
He was mainly known to the public because of his biographies, including the lives of Ho Chi Minh, Nasser, Léon Blum, De Gaulle, François Mauriac, Pierre Mendès France, Mitterrand, Montesquieu, Montaigne, Malraux, Germaine Tillion, Champollion, Jacques Rivière, Stendhal and Kennedy.
- Jesuits: A Multibiography ISBN 1-887178-60-0
- De Gaulle
- Robert Capa ISBN 0-679-72336-6
- Ho Chi Minh: A Political Biography. ISBN 0-394-70215-8
- Vietnam: Between two truces ASIN B0006D759K
- Montaigne à Cavalo ISBN 85-01-04759-7
- Pierre Mendes France ISBN 0-8419-0856-7
- The demigods: Charismatic leadership in the third world ISBN 0-394-42194-9
- Nasser: A biography ISBN 0-394-46625-X
- Léon Blum ISBN 0-8419-0776-5
- J.F. Kennedy ISBN 2-09-754229-8
- "Mort de Jean Lacouture, éminent journaliste et biographe" (in French). Le Monde. 17 July 2015.
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