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A.J. Langguth dies at 81; foreign correspondent and historian of wars
A.J. Langguth dies at 81; foreign correspondent and historian of wars

A.J. (Jack) Langguth, a former foreign correspondent, longtime USC professor and historian of wars whose book on the Vietnam conflict was widely admired for a narrative sweep that gave serious weight to the perspectives of ordinary North Vietnamese and their leaders, died Monday at his Hollywood home. He was 81. The cause was respiratory failure, said Charles Fleming, a close friend and Times journalist. Langguth spent the early years of his career at newspapers in Southern California before he was hired in the early 1960s by the New York Times. In late 1963, he secured a rare interview with the mother of Lee Harvey Oswald soon after Oswald's arrest in the assassination of President...

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