Author William Manchester, who wrote a popular epic biography of Winston Churchill but was crippled by strokes before he could complete volume three, died Tuesday of cancer, his daughter said. He was 82.
Manchester penned 18 books, including two novels, but became famous for his controversial chronicle of the assassination of his friend, President Kennedy, and biographies of other 20th century giants such as Churchill, Douglas MacArthur and the Rockefellers.
He died in his sleep at his home in Middletown, Laurie Manchester said.
”He would have wanted to be remembered as a writer first and foremost, and then as a historian,” she said. ”Writing came to him easily, it was like breathing.”
This an incredible loss for the biography world – Manchester wrote some of the leading biographies of the 20th century, including studies of Kennedy, Churchill, MacArthur, the Rockefellers, and many others. It’s a shame that he won’t be able to finish his last book about Winston Churchill.