William L. Shirer

1904 - 1993

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William Lawrence Shirer (; February 23, 1904 – December 28, 1993) was an American journalist and war correspondent. He wrote The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, a history of Nazi Germany that has been read by many and cited in scholarly works for more than 50 years. Originally a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and the International News Service, Shirer was the first reporter hired by Edward R. Murrow for what became a CBS radio team of journalists known as "Murrow's Boys". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William L. Shirer has received more than 491,578 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). William L. Shirer is the 2,720th most popular writer (down from 2,268th in 2019), the 3,494th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,681st in 2019) and the 312th most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, William L. Shirer ranks 2,720 out of 5,794Before him are Charles-Louis Philippe, Charles-Louis Havas, Ōtomo no Yakamochi, Caspar Barlaeus, Adam Zagajewski, and Ernst Wiechert. After him are Petar Preradović, May Ziade, Ibn Zaydún, Jon Fosse, Maksym Rylsky, and Ford Madox Ford.

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Among people born in 1904, William L. Shirer ranks 135Before him are Edvard Kocbek, Joseph Schmidt, Fats Waller, Edgar P. Jacobs, Cecil Beaton, and Richard Addinsell. After him are Pyotr Koshevoy, Terence Fisher, Luigi Bertolini, Emilio Recoba, André Leducq, and Daniel Guérin. Among people deceased in 1993, William L. Shirer ranks 101Before him are Emile Ardolino, Jan Gies, Richard Jordan, Henry Hazlitt, GG Allin, and Stanley Myers. After him are Robert Jacobsen, Ugo Locatelli, Oliver Tambo, Guido Masetti, Pierre Victor Auger, and Mario Evaristo.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William L. Shirer ranks 3,494 out of 15,968Before him are Richard Conte (1910), Gloria Foster (1933), Bud Abbott (1897), Peter Senge (1947), John Henry Schwarz (1941), and M. Emmet Walsh (1935). After him are Celeste Holm (1917), Joseph A. Walker (1921), Robert M. Pirsig (1928), Jon Krakauer (1954), Bruce Boxleitner (1950), and Mae Murray (1885).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, William L. Shirer ranks 312Before him are Lois McMaster Bujold (1949), Annie Proulx (1935), Lois Lowry (1937), Gregory Corso (1930), Hubert Selby Jr. (1928), and Joseph D. Pistone (1939). After him are Robert M. Pirsig (1928), L. Sprague de Camp (1907), Richard Yates (1926), Elbert Hubbard (1856), V. C. Andrews (1923), and Mickey Spillane (1918).