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Jump to navigation Jump to search “Theodore White” redirects here. For other uses, see Ted White. White was born May 6, 1915, in Dorchester, Boston, the son of David White, a lawyer. In his memoir In Search of History: A Personal Adventure, White describes helping form one of the early Zionist collegiate organizations during his time in college. China’s wartime capital, and later became a freelance reporter after briefly starting out with the only job he could find: as an advisor to China’s propaganda agency.
Although he maintained respect for Henry Luce, White resigned and returned home to write, along with Annalee Jacoby, widow of fellow China reporter, Mel Jacoby, a book about China at war and in crisis, the best-selling Thunder Out of China. During the war, White had gotten to know and respect General Joseph Stilwell, the American commander in Asia. He sympathized with Stilwell’s disgust with Chiang Kai-shek’s unwillingness or inability to wage all-out war on the Japanese invader.
American troops in China in the face of a Japanese offensive provoked by bombings by the 14th Air Force. The novel was frank about the Americans’ conflicting, sometimes negative attitudes toward their Chinese allies. White opted to turn from writing about China, though all of his education and training was oriented to that country. A week after the death of JFK, Jacqueline Kennedy summoned White to the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port to rescue her husband’s legacy. There was no 1976 volume from White.
Revising to Live. He has also lived in Marseille – in the Hull House Music School. He likes to read good stuff, and the Peanuts Gang.