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Paul Duke

Paul Duke. Native Richmond, Va. Journalist. The Associated Press, Wall Street journal, NBC, PBS. Moderator Washington Week in Review 1974-94. Author of numerous articles for leading publications, including The Saturday Evening Post, the New Republic and Virginia Quarterly Review. Winner of various press awards, including the $25,000 John Chancellor prize for lifetime journalistic excellence in 1999. Member of the Washington Jurnalism Hall of Fame andd the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. Married to the former Janet Wachter, two children. Rresident Washington, D.C. and Sarasota, Fla.


The Greatest Generation?

Winter 2002 | Essays

War has been described as the most successful of all of our cultural traditions, a dehumanizing reality confirmed by Ernest Hemingway when he once observed that many a good man "will die like a dog for no good reason." As a hand-me-down inheritance over the ages, war has been a congenital habit of virtually every society since the days of Jericho. At any given moment 30 or more conflicts are raging in various parts of the world, most of them localized but nonetheless catastrophic. The Sudan's civil war, for example, has been going on for 18 years and has claimed two million lives.


The Wayward Media

(Excerpts from a speech to the National Press Club) My love affair with Washington began on the day I arrived in April 1957, because the Associated Press, the AP, which brought me here, raised my salary from $120 a week to $140 a week. Then, when [...]

A Catastrophic Battlefield

Autumn 2002 | Criticism

The flood of World War II memorabilia shows no signs of ebbing. The vast outpouring of books, memoirs, letters, diaries, and television documentaries has covered the historical waterfront, providing an incredibly rich trove of material for future generations.