Journalism and History: the Craft of Cornelius Ryan

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This video is a promotional piece from Ohio University about the Cornelius Ryan Collection of World War II Papers. Cornelius Ryan was a journalist and author primarily known for his writings on popular military history, especially his World War II books: The Longest Day (1959), The Last Battle (1966), and A Bridge Too Far (1974). The Ryan Collection came to the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections at the Ohio University Libraries through the efforts of former war correspondent John Wilhelm, past director of the university’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism and founding dean of the Scripps College of Communication. The archive was acquired by the university from Ryan’s widow, Kathryn Morgan Ryan, in 1981. Find out more about the collection at

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