Sam Greenlee

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Birthday
13, 1930
Birthplace
Illinois
Death Date
May 19, 2014 (83)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
13, 1930
Birthplace
Illinois
Death Date
May 19, 2014 (83)

About

African-American author who is best known for his controversial novel, The Spook Who Sat by the Door, which focuses on the CIA's training of foreign groups. Greenlee's other works include Baghdad Blues and Ammunition!: Poetry and Other Raps.

Before Fame

After attending the University of Wisconsin and the University of Chicago, he joined the military. He served in the army from 1952 until 1954.

Trivia

He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his bravery in Iraq.

Family Life

He grew up in Chicago. With his wife Nienke, he had one daughter.

Associated With

He and Gwendolyn Brooks were both Poet Laureates of Illinois.

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