Open main menu

Dan Halperin Kurzman (27 March 1922, San Francisco – 12 December 2010, Manhattan), was an American journalist and writer of military history books.

Early lifeEdit

Dan Kurzman was born in San Francisco, the son of Joseph and Lillian Kurzman. He studied at the University of California in Berkeley, served U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946, and completed his studies at Berkeley with a Bachelor degree in political science.[citation needed]


In the early 1950s, he worked in Europe and in Israel for American newspapers and news agencies and was then correspondent of the NBC News in Jerusalem. In 1960 he published his first political book, a biography of the Japanese Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi. In the 1960s, Kurzman worked as a foreign policy correspondent for the Washington Post. In 1965 he received the George Polk Award for external reporting. After the end of the sixties, the Washington Post had left, he devoted himself to researching and writing Modern History, especially military history non-fiction. He is also a recipient of the Cornelius Ryan Award.[citation needed] A Polish-Israeli research team have suggested that much of what Kurzman wrote about the Warsaw Ghetto was actually tainted by the personal testimony of unreliable Polish witnesses, most notably, Henryk Iwanski, who deliberately magnified their own role in wartime Warsaw. Dariusz Libionka and Laurence Weinbaum suggest that Kurzman accepted the account of Iwanski who presented himself as hero, uncritically, and that Iwanski's testimony should be treated as confabulation.[1]

At the end of his life Dan Kurzman lived in North Bergen (New Jersey) with his wife Florence. He died December 12, 2010 at the age of 88, in Manhattan. His wife died the previous year.[2]


  • Kishi and Japan: The Search for the Sun, New York: Obolensky, 1960 (dt.:Japan is looking for new ways: the political and economic development in the 20th century, München: Beck 1961)
  • Subversion of the Innocents: Patterns of Communist Penetration in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, New York: Random House 1963
  • Santo Domingo: Revolt of the damned: the eyewitness detailed, inside account of the Dominican revolution, New York: GP Putnam 1965
  • Genesis 1948: The First Arab-Israeli War, New York : World Pub. Co., 1970
  • The race for Rome, Garden City NY: Doubleday, 1975, ISBN 0-385-06555-8 (Ger.:If Rome: the battle for the Eternal Cityin 1944, Munich: Bertelsmann, 1978, ISBN 3-570-01472-X)
  • The bravest battle: the twenty-eight days of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, New York: Putnam, 1976, ISBN 0-399-11692-3 (Ger.:Insurrection: the last days of the Warsaw ghetto ' ', Munich: Bertelsmann, 1979, ISBN 3-570-02132-7)
  • Miracle of November: Madrid's epic stand, 1936, New York: Putnam, 1980, ISBN 0-399-12271-0 (Ger.:The November surprise: the battle for Madrid, the fall of 1936; Munich: Heyne, 1982, ISBN 3-453-01613-0)
  • Ben-Gurion: Prophet of Fire, New York: Simon and Schuster 1983, ISBN 0-671-23094-8
  • Day of the bomb: countdown to Hiroshima, New York etc.: McGraw-Hill 1985, ISBN 0-07-035683-1
  • A killing wind: inside Union Carbide and the Bhopal catastrophe, New York et al. McGraw-Hill 1987, ISBN 0-07-035687-4
  • Fatal Voyage: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis, New York: Atheneum, 1990, ISBN 0-689-12007-9
  • Left to die: the tragedy of the USS Juneau,, New York et al. : Pocket Books, ISBN 0-671-74873-4
  • Blood and water: sabotating Hitler's bomb, New York: Holt, 1997, ISBN 0-8050-3206-1
  • Soldier of Peace: The Life of Yitzhak Rabin, 1922 - 1995, New York: HarperCollins 1998, ISBN 0-06-018684-4
  • Disaster! : The great San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, New York: Perennial 2002, ISBN 0-06-008432-4
  • No greater glory: the four immortal chaplains of World War II and the sinking of the Dorchester, New York: Random House 2004, ISBN 0-375-50877-5
  • A Special Mission: Hitler's secret plot to seize the Vatican and kidnap Pope Pius XII, Cambridge, MA: Da Capo, 2007, ISBN 0-306-81468-4


  1. ^ Dariusz Libionka and Laurence Weinbaum, Bohaterowie, hochsztaplerzy, opisywacze. Wokół Żydowskiego Związku Wojskowego (Warsaw 2011).
  2. ^ Slotnik, Daniel E. (December 24, 2010). "Dan Kurzman, Military Historian, Is Dead at 88". The New York Times.

External linksEdit