T. D. Allman

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T. D. Allman (born 1944) is an American historian and freelance journalist known for his exposés of the CIA's secret involvement in the war in Laos, his interviews with world figures including Yasser Arafat, Helmut Kohl, Boris Yeltsin, Manuel Antonio Noriega, as foreign correspondent for the magazine, Vanity Fair and as an author of a historical accounts of Florida.


Allman is a Harvard University graduate (1966) and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal. His first book, Unmanifest Destiny, which grew out of his doctoral thesis at Oxford University, dealt with many of the problems of American nationalism that still affect U.S. foreign policy. Another of his books on foreign policy added the phrase "Rogue State" to foreign policy discourse.


Allman's writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Esquire, The New Republic, Rolling Stone,[1] and National Geographic,[2] as well as in The Guardian, Le Monde, The Economist.

He is credited with the coining of the phrase "secret war". He rescued massacre victims in Cambodia, which led to his work being banned from The Washington Post. Later, as a contributing editor of Harper's,[3] he aroused further controversy when he predicted that the U.S. defeat in Indochina had opened the door to a new epoch of Pacific Rim success for American values and economic systems. He also rebutted claims that the Earth was running out of oil and predicted that U.S. cities, far from being doomed, were on the verge of a "Yuppie renaissance". His reports from Iraq and on the Colombian drug wars received wide attention, as have his profiles of figures such as Dick Cheney.[1]

Allman's first book on Florida, "Miami: City of the Future" is considered the definitive work in its field. His history of Florida, Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and named one of the best works of history and non-fiction by Kirkus Reviews. The Florida Association of Authors and Publishers honored it as both the best overall book on Florida, 2013-2014, and the best book in the non-fiction for adults category. <Miami Herald, 24 August 2014>


Harvard University's Houghton Library is the repository of the T.D. Allman archive. The Archives and Special Collections at Amherst College also hold some of his papers. The T.D. Allman Studentships, funded by the ChengZhong Focus Foundation, support ground-breaking independent research into past and present events.




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