August, 2011 - Robbyn Swan & Anthony Summers in an interview about their latest book The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama bin Laden
Her research has added significant elements to what we now know about the Kennedy family’s dalliance with organized crime to turn the 1960 election and Richard Nixon's cynical manipulation of the 1968 Vietnam peace talks to win that year's presidential race.
She tracked down and interviewed the Washington madam alleged to have been at the secret - sexual - core of the Watergate scandal, and – most recently – plumbed the role of women soldiers 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. The book won the prestigious Gold Dagger for non-fiction on the subject of crime.
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, to mark the 75th anniversary of the event, Swan and her co-author Anthony Summers tackle one of the seminal events of the 20th century - the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Their conversation-changing book, A MATTER OF HONOR unravels the many apparent mysteries of Pearl Harbor, uncovers duplicity and betrayal in high places in Washington but clears President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the charge that he knew the attack was coming. 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.
Robbyn Swan takes pride in having worked some of the biggest stories of this century and the last - from the rise of the American Mafia, to the Hiss spy case, to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. She's delivered scoops on FBI Director Hoover's sexuality,Richard Nixon's White House pill-popping, and Frank Sinatra's links to Lucky Luciano.
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"Meticulous, eloquent, and compelling - and hugely readable. The 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack is well served by A MATTER OF HONOR."