Vaughan, Hal 1928-

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Vaughan, Hal 1928-

PERSONAL: Born 1928; married.

ADDRESSES: Home— Paris, France. E-mail— [email protected]

CAREER: Writer, diplomat, and journalist. Has worked as an officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, as a journalist for ABC News, New York Daily News, and Voice of America, and as a documentary film producer.

WRITINGS

Doctor to the Resistance: The Heroic True Story of an American Surgeon and His Family in Occupied Paris, Brassey’s (Washington, DC), 2004.

FDR’s Twelve Apostles: The Spies Who Paved the Way for the Invasion of North Africa, Lyons Press (Guilford, CT), 2006.

SIDELIGHTS: Hal Vaughan, a journalist and a former officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, is the author of Doctor to the Resistance: The Heroic True Story of an American Surgeon and His Family in Occupied Paris, a biography of Sumner Jackson. Jackson, who volunteered as a physician for the British Army during World War I, later settled in Paris, becoming the medical director of the American Hospital. During World War II, the hospital served as Jackson’s base of operations for Resistance activities, which including secretly treating Allied soldiers. According to Library Journal critic Marie Marmo Mullaney, Doctor to the Resistance“is both an important chronicle of Parisian life under the Vichy regime and an exposé of Resistance operations.”

In FDR’s Twelve Apostles: The Spies Who Paved the Way for the Invasion of North Africa, Vaughan “uses newly available sources to describe a triumph of amateur diplomacy,” remarked a Publishers Weekly reviewer. The work describes the efforts of North Africa Minister Robert Murphy and twelve vice consuls, specially appointed by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to plan and prepare for Operation Torch, an Allied invasion of North Africa in October of 1942. Ed Goedeken, reviewing FDR’s Twelve Apostles in the Library Journal, called it a “valuable addition to the literature on World War II espionage.” Vaughan told CA:“I hope that young people will catch the history ‘bug,’ visit their libraries and delve into how the past influences the future.”

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES

PERIODICALS

Library Journal, July, 2004, Marie Marmo Mullaney, review of Doctor to the Resistance: The Heroic True Story of an American Surgeon and His Family in Occupied Paris, p. 100; October 15, 2006, Ed Goedeken, review of FDR’s Twelve Apostles: The Spies Who Paved the Way for the Invasion of North Africa, p. 75.

Publishers Weekly, August 7, 2006, review of FDR’s Twelve Apostles, p. 46.

ONLINE

Hal Vaughn’s Home Page, http://www.halvaughan.com (January 15, 2007).

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