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William R. Polk, Historian and Middle East Envoy, Dies at 91

One of Mr. Polk’s most notable books, and one of his last. One description called it “history as Herodotus imagined it.” 

William R. Polk, a longtime historian, diplomat and noted Middle East scholar who helped negotiate resolutions to conflicts, including the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, died on Monday at his home in Vence, in southeast France, near the Mediterranean Sea. He was 91. His daughter Milbry Polk said the cause was leukemia. Over six decades, Mr. Polk delved into multiple careers, working …

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