William Stevenson (Canadian writer)
|William Henry Stevenson|
|Born||1 June 1924|
|Died||26 November 2013
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
William Henry Stevenson (1 June 1924 – 26 November 2013) was a British-born Canadian author and journalist.
His 1976 book A Man Called Intrepid was about William Stephenson (no relation) and was a best-seller (see the Stephenson article for more). It was made into a 1979 mini-series starring David Niven and Stevenson followed it up with a 1983 book titled Intrepid's Last Case. He published his autobiography in 2012.
Stevenson set a record with another 1976 book, 90 Minutes at Entebbe. The book was about Operation Entebbe, an operation where Israeli commandos secretly landed at night at Entebbe Airport in Uganda and succeeded in rescuing the passengers of an airliner hi-jacked by Palestinian militants, while incurring very few casualties. The remarkable record in that pre-internet age is that Stevenson's "instant book" was written, edited, printed and available for sale within weeks of the event it described.
(This list is incomplete.)
- The Yellow Wind, 1959, Houghton Mifflin Co., Library of Congress No. 59-11830. Reportage on the People's Republic of China between 1954-1957.
- The Bushbabies, 1965, Houghton Mifflin Co., Library of Congress No. 65-2509. Children's story inspired by his own family's adventures in Africa.
- The Bormann Brotherhood, 1973 (non-fiction)
- A Man Called Intrepid, 1976, Harcourt, ISBN 0-15-156795-6. (non-fiction)
- The Ghosts of Africa, 1980, Harcourt, ISBN 978-0-15-135338-5 ISBN 0151353387. Historical fiction set in World War I colonial German East Africa.
- Intrepid's Last Case, 1983, Michael Joseph Ltd, ISBN 0-7181-2441-3. (non-fiction)
- Eclipse, 1986 (fiction)
- Booby Trap, 1987 (fiction)
- Kiss the Boys Goodbye: How the United States Betrayed Its Own POWs in Vietnam, 1990, Dutton, ISBN 0-525-24934-6. Co-written with his wife Monika Jensen-Stevenson. (non-fiction)
- 90 Minutes at Entebbe, Bantam, ISBN 0-553-10482-9 (non-fiction)
- Strike Zion 1967 (non-fiction)
- Zanek!; A Chronicle of the Israeli Force (non-fiction)
- The Revolutionary King: : the true-life sequel to the King and I, 2001, Constable and Robinson, ISBN 1-84119-451-4.
- Spymistress: The Life of Vera Atkins, the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II, 2006, Arcade Publishing, ISBN 978-1-55970-763-3. (biography)
- Past to Present: A Reporter’s Story of War, Spies, People, and Politics, Lyons Press, 2012.
- "William Stevenson, author of A Man Called Intrepid, dies". CBC News. 2013-11-27. Retrieved 2013-12-06.
- "Instant book out on Entebbe raid". The Saturday Citizen. 1976-07-23. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
The book in both English and Hebrew editions is to be on sale within weeks of the July 4 Israeli raid.
- Roger Cohen (1990-09-07). "Crisis in Iraq Inspires Spate of Books". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
Instant books have enjoyed a considerable vogue since Bantam's success in 1976 with 90 Minutes at Entebbe, a book about the Israeli raid in Uganda.
- Timothy Leary. "Turning News Into Movies: The Making Of the Deal". Esquire magazine. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
90 Minutes at Entebbe, by William Stevenson, was available to readers July 25, just twenty-two days after the raid.
- Ross, Oakland (Oct 20, 2012). "William Stevenson: The Star's one-man foreign service". Toronto Star. Retrieved 7 March 2013.