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Bio

Bernard Diederich is a journalist and biographer who has devoted much of his career to covering political events in Central America and the Caribbean. He founded Haiti’s English language newspaper, the Haiti Sun; he also served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, The New York Times, Time-Life, and the Daily Telegraph in London.

Diederich was with Fidel Castro on his victory march to Havana in 1959. In 1963, because of his news reporting, Diederich was imprisoned by the Haitian dictator, Papa Doc Duvalier, and was eventually expelled from the country. He is the author of many books, including Seeds of Fiction: Graham Greene’s Adventures in Haiti and Central America 1954-1983, which chronicles events in his long-term friendship with Graham Greene. His recent memoir is Pamir: Sailing the Pacific in World War II.

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