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A Conquest of history [USA]:
MOST AMERICANS would not recognize the name of Robert Conquest, but the history of the 20th century would not have been the same without him.

This week, Mr. Conquest -- a historian whose books themselves influenced history in a profound way -- joined familiar figures such as golfer Jack Nicklaus and actor Andy Griffith in receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It's the nation's highest civil award, given for extraordinary accomplishments related to world peace, American security or culture.

It can be argued that Mr. Conquest, uniquely, contributed mightily in all three realms. [...]
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