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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John Gunther  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1901 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: May 20, 1970 in New York

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Illinois Connection

Gunther was born on the Northe Side of Chicago. He attended Lake View High School and received his PhD from the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Gunther was a popular journalist, network radio commentator, correspondent, lecturer and author. He was a world traveler and observer. Gunther was active from the 1920's until shortly before he died. His success came primarily in the 1940s and 1950s with a series of popular sociopolitical works known as the "Inside" books. He was a contributor to more than thirty magazines, including: ''Harper's'', ''Reader's Digest'' and ''Look''. He was the editor of the ''Mainstream of Modern World History'' series for Doubleday.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Death Be Not Proud (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
ISBN: 0061230979

Harper Perennial Modern Classics. 2007

Johnny Gunther was only seventeen years old when he died of a brain tumor. During the months of his illness, everyone near him was unforgettably impressed by his level-headed courage, his wit and quiet friendliness, and, above all, his unfaltering patience through times of despair. This deeply moving book is a father's memoir of a brave, intelligent, and spirited boy.

Inside Africa
ISBN: 0836981979

Ayer Co Pub. 1987

A country-by-country account of Africia in the 1950's when Africa was still under colonia rule.

Inside Russia Today
ISBN: 0585781699

Harper & Row. 1958

Gunther, John, Inside Russia Today

Inside South America
ISBN: 0060116889

HarperCollins. 1967

This, the eighth "Inside" book, a brand new, full scale "Inside" study of South America, is an eye-opening book about the ten South American republics. Twenty-five years ago, most of South America was, in Mr. Gunther's words,"frozen into a kind of derelict nearly the entire continents in a state of active flux, grasping for a future, with fundamental, yeasty impulses for change apparent almost everywhere." Country after country is on the edge of revolution...

Twelve Cities.
ISBN: 0060116382

HarperCollins. 1969