Michael Putzel

Author of 'The Price They Paid: Enduring Wounds of War' and a journalist who covered Vietnam, civil rights, White House, Moscow

Michael Putzel is the author of The Price They Paid: Enduring Wounds of War, the true story of an American air cavalry unit that flew into the most intensive helicopter combat ever and how that brutal experience has followed the survivors for the rest of their lives. A distinguished American journalist, Putzel covered the war in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos for two-and-a-half years as a war correspondent for The Associated Press. From the Civil Rights Movement and the Watergate scandal that brought down Richard Nixon, to the White House under Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton and the collapse of Soviet Communism (from Moscow), Putzel reported many of the biggest news stories of his generation. He witnessed the shooting of President Reagan, served as Washington bureau chief of The Boston Globe, and wrote a widely published weekly column on how technology has changed people’s lives. Mr. Putzel and his wife, biographer Ann Blackman, have two grown children and live in Washington, DC. More about him and his work can be found at