BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Earl Mazo, a former political correspondent for New York publications and author of a lauded Richard Nixon biography, has died in Bethesda, Md., at 87.
Mazo, who also worked for Stars and Stripes newspaper in Europe during World War II and served one year as deputy assistant secretary of defense during the Truman administration, died in a hospital from complications resulting from a fall at his Chevy Chase, Md., home, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
"Richard Nixon: A Political and Personal Portrait" was first published in 1959, when Nixon was the vice president. The book, which was updated with Stephen Hess in 1968, was described by the Times as "far and away the best Nixon study to date -- the most detailed and most penetrating."
After John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential victory over Nixon, Mazo ran a series of articles documenting election fraud around the country. However, he was pulled from the story before completing the series when Nixon appealed to Mazo's bosses at the Herald Tribune.
Mazo is survived by his second wife, Regina Schatz; two children; two stepchildren and 12 grandchildren.