John A. FarrellJohn Aloysius Farrell is an American author. He has written biographies of U.S. President Richard Nixon, House Speaker Thomas "Tip" O'Neill, and defense attorney Clarence Darrow. He is a former White House correspondent and Washington editor for ''The Boston Globe'' and a former Washington bureau chief and columnist for ''The Denver Post''.
On January 2, 2017, the ''New York Times'' reported that historian Farrell had unearthed notes written by Nixon aide H.R. Haldeman, which confirmed that Nixon personally authorized ''"throwing a monkey wrench"'' into Lyndon Johnson's attempts to negotiate peace in Vietnam on the eve of the 1968 election. In his famous interviews with newsman David Frost, and elsewhere, Nixon had always denied any participation in what history has come to call the Chennault Affair - after Anna Chennault, the Nixon campaign's go-between with South Vietnam. Farrell's discovery earned praise from his peers.
On April 16, 2018 the Pulitzer Prize board announced that ''Richard Nixon: The Life'' was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Biography.
On April 13, 2018, the New-York Historical Society awarded Farrell the title of "American Historian Laureate," and presented him with the $50,000 Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize in American History for ''Richard Nixon: The Life.'' Provided by Wikipedia