Hamilton, New York, United States
(Describes a victim of neurofibromatosis whose face became...)
Describes a victim of neurofibromatosis whose face became severely disfigured by the genetic disease, and recounts examples of the social cruelty which drove her to undergo a series of painful operations
(A disturbing chronicle of the US government’s mistreatmen...)
A disturbing chronicle of the US government’s mistreatment of American soldiers and veterans throughout history, with a new introduction by Charles Sheehan-Miles Time and time again, the sacrifices made by veterans and their families have been repaid with scorn, discrimination, lack of health services, scant financial compensation, and other indignities. This injustice dates back as far as the American Revolution, when troops came home penniless and without prospects for work, yet had to wait decades before the government paid them the wages they were owed. When soldiers returned from the Cuban campaign after the Spanish-American War, they were riddled with malaria, typhoid, yellow fever, and dysentery—but the government refused to acknowledge their illnesses, and finally dumped them in a makeshift tent city on Long Island, where they were left to starve and die. Perhaps the most infamous case of disgraceful behavior toward veterans happened after the Vietnam War, when soldiers were forced to battle bureaucrats and lawyers, and suffer media slander, because they asked the government and chemical industry to help them cope with the toxic aftereffects of Agent Orange. In The Wages of War, authors Richard Severo and Lewis Milford not only uncover new information about the controversial use of this defoliant in Vietnam and the subsequent class action suit brought against its manufacturers, but also present fresh information on every war in US history. The result is exhaustive proof that—save for the treatment of soldiers in the aftermath of World War II—the government’s behavior towards American servicemen has been more like that of “a slippery insurance company than a policy rooted in the idea of justice and fair reward.”
Severo received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University in 1954.
Severo began his career as a news assistant at Columbia Broadcasting System in 1954 and held it for a year. In 1956, he took a position of a reporter at Poughkeepsie New Yorker. Then in 1957, Richard held the same position at Associated Press in Newark.
Also he served as a reporter at New York Herald Tribune from 1961 to 1963. In 1963, Severo was appointed a writer for television news of Columbia Broadcasting System. Three years later he took a position of a reporter at Washington Post. Then in 1968, Richard was an investigative reporter at New York Times.
In 1971, he became a foreign correspondent at New York Times. Also in 1973, Severo held a position of an investigative and environmental reporter at the same newspaper. Since 1979 he has been a science and environmental reporter at New York Times.
(A disturbing chronicle of the US government’s mistreatmen...)2016
(Describes a victim of neurofibromatosis whose face became...)1985
On April 7, 1961 Richard Severo married Emöke Edith de Papp.