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Description: On October 30, 1941, with World War II raging on, American journalist and war correspondent William Shirer (1904-1993) typed and signed this note to Richard Willey of Marblehead, MA which reads: “Thank you for your letter of October 27. At the moment I am so busy with work for radio, films, and national defense that I regret I cannot give you my views on the possibility of a military invasion of the United States by Germany. As soon as the work eases up, I shall attempt to write you more fully.”

Shirer, perhaps best known for his highly respected history of Nazi Germany, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1960), worked as a foreign war correspondent for CBS. He broadcasted from Berlin during the rise of Nazi dictatorship through the first year of World War II. Alongside Edward R. Murrow, Shirer organized the first broadcast world news roundup, a format newscasters continue to follow.

Typed on a 10 ½” x 7 ¼” sheet of “Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc. 485 Madison Avenue, New York Wickersham 2-2000” imprinted stationery. Item #A01459

Condition: Mailing fold lines, mounting residue on verso, light wrinkling, generally good condition with a neat, bold signature.