ROBBYN SWAN


American journalist and author
 
Co-author of five bestselling books. The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 & Osama bin Laden, was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History and won the prestigious Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction.


Robbyn Swan's reporting has taken her into the worlds of intelligence, politics and crime. 

She has delivered scoops on FBI Director Hoover's sexuality, Richard Nixon's White House pill-popping, and Frank Sinatra's links to Lucky Luciano.


Her research has added significant elements to what we know of how the Kennedy family’s dalliance with organized crime turned the 1960 election. She uncovered significant details of Richard Nixon's cynical manipulation of the Vietnam peace talks during the 1968 presidential race. 

She tracked down and interviewed the Washington madam alleged to have been at the secret - sexual - core of the Watergate scandal, and plumbed the role of military women in the prisoner abuse scandals of Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib.

Swan's 2011 book, The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 & Osama bin Laden, was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for History. 

Looking for Madeleine, Swan's 2014 account of the disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann from a Portuguese holiday resort, made headlines around the world.

In 2016's A Matter of Honor, Swan and her co-author Anthony Summers tackled one of the seminal events of the 20th century - the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Their conversation-changing book unravels the many apparent mysteries of Pearl Harbor. It also tells the achingly human story of the Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet, Admiral Husband Kimmel, who was scapegoated for the attack. 


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