Bowdoin College
John Wayne
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United States Navy
Henry Fonda
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Otto Preminger
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Richard Nixon
World War II

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James Bassett (author)

Knowledge Identifier: +James_Bassett_(author)


James Bassett (author)

American newspaper editor and author, most notably of the best-selling novel Harm's Way that was later adapted into a major motion picture add

Category: Literature

Born in 1912.

Countries: United States (60%), Maine (20%), Austria (10%)

Main connections: Bowdoin College, John Wayne, United States Navy

Linked to: Republican National Committee, United States Navy, Category:Bowdoin College alumni




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James Bassett was born in 1912 add something


Raised in Mamaroneck, N.Y. from 1914 on, in 1934 he graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College in Maine, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa add something


He entered the United States Navy as lieutenant junior grade in February, 1941, and went on to become public relations officer for Fleet Admiral William F. Halsey add something


Bassett took leaves from "The Times" to serve in Richard Nixon's vice presidential and presidential campaigns of 1952, 1956 and 1960 add something


He was public relations director for the Republican National Committee in 1954 add something


Bassett drew on his World War II experiences for his novel "Harm's Way", which became a bestseller after its publication in 1962 and was made into a motion picture starring John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, and Henry Fonda and directed by Otto Preminger add something


He later served the paper as aviation writer, political analyst and director of the editorial pages until he was named associate editor in 1971 add something


Other works include, "Commander Prince, USN" published in 1971, a novel dealing mainly with the events surrounding the Battle of the Java Sea, and "The Sky Suspended", published in 1968 add something


Bassett retired October 1977 after serving 43 years on the staffs of "The Los Angeles Times" and "The Mirror" add something

James Bassett died in 1978 add something