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EDWARD JAY EPSTEIN was born in 1935 in New York City. He received his BA at Cornell University and his PhD at Harvard University, and he taught political science at MIT and UCLA, where he was Regents’ Professor of Government. He was a staff writer for the New Yorker and a columnist for Manhattan, inc. and Slate. Viking Press published his undergraduate thesis under the title Inquest: The Warren Commission and the Establishment of Truth in 1966. His PhD thesis, excerpted in the New Yorker, was published by Random House as News from Nowhere: Television and the News. Dossier, his biography of Armand Hammer, also excerpted in the New Yorker, won the Financial Times/Booz-Allen & Hamilton Award as both the best biography and the best business book. He has published 18 books and lives in New York City.
Curiosity led Edward Epstein to investigate some of the greatest political mysteries of our time, such as the JFK assassination in Dallas, the Vatican banking scandal in Rome, and the diamond cartel in South Africa. Seeking more information, he often found himself a fly on the wall at the highest reaches of the establishment, observing how presidents, tycoons, bankers, and media moguls secretly greased the wheels of power. This memoir recounts his life as a pursuer of lost truths.