NY author, Rockefeller speechwriter Persico dies

GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Joseph Persico, best-selling author, historian and speechwriter for Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, has died. He was 84.

Persico’s wife, Sylvia, said he died Saturday St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany after a long illness.

Persico published 12 books, including biographies of Colin Powell, Rockefeller, Edward R. Murrow, CIA director William Casey and President Franklin Roosevelt. He was selected to write the words etched in granite at the National World War II Memorial: “Here we mark the price of freedom.”

His book “Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial” was made into a miniseries on Turner Network Television.

Persico, a navy veteran, lived in the Albany suburb of Guilderland. Public viewing hours are 5-7 p.m. Thursday at DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home in Guilderland.

There will be a private burial service at the National Cemetery in Schuylerville.


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