Otto Friedrich

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Otto Friedrich (born 1929 Boston, Massachusetts; died April 26, 1995 Manhasset, New York[1]), was an American journalist, writer and historian. The son of the political theorist, and Harvard professor Carl Joachim Friedrich, Otto Friedrich graduated from Harvard University in 1948 with a degree in History. Upon graduation, he became a journalist, eventually becoming the managing editor of The Saturday Evening Post in 1965.[2] After the Post closed down, he spent the remainder of his career at TIME magazine where he wrote over 40 cover stories. During this time, he also authored over 14 books on diverse subjects ranging from the rise of Hollywood[3] to the rise of the Third Reich.[4] In 1970, he won the George Polk Award for his book Decline and Fall.[5] Otto Friedrich was married to Priscilla Boughton, with whom he had five children. He died of lung cancer at the North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York in 1995.


  1. ^ McG. THOMAS Jr., Thomas (April 28, 1995). "Otto Friedrich Is Dead at 66; A Prolific Author and editor". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Otto Friedrich Biography".
  3. ^ Friedrich, Otto (1986). City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s. New York: Harper Perennial. ISBN 9780520209497.
  4. ^ Friedrich, Otto (1985). Before the Deluge: A Portrait of Berlin in the 1920s. New York: Harper Perennial. ISBN 978-0060926793.
  5. ^ "George Polk Awards, Previous Award Winners". Long Island University. Retrieved September 27, 2014.

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