“Those who mourn the passing of old-fashioned newspaper journalism will find it at once stirring and deeply melancholy to read The Life of Kings. This really is the way it was, not just at the once-indispensable Sunpapers but in the city rooms and bureaus of papers across the country that played equally essential roles in the lives of the communities they served. Think of this book as a message in a bottle, one that journalists of the future will read with wonder. Yes, such things were possible…once upon a time.”
Stephens Broening was Associated Press correspondent in Paris, Moscow, and Lisbon from 1965 to 1976 before joining the Sun as assistant city editor in 1976. In 1978 he was named the paper's first Op-Ed page editor, a post he held until 1985 when he was assigned to the Sun's Washington bureau as diplomatic correspondent. In 1990, Broening joined the International Herald-Tribune in Paris as a news editor, responsible for the IHT’s coverage of the Americas and Asia. He returned to Baltimore in 1996 and for ten years was a visiting scholar in history at the Johns Hopkins University.
Frederic B. Hill was a reporter and foreign correspondent for the Sun, including tours as bureau chief in London and Paris, covering Europe and southern Africa, before becoming an editorial writer for the Evening Sun. He was foreign affairs director for Senator Charles McC. Mathias Jr. (R., MD) in 1985 and 1986. He then established the State Department’s Office of Special Programs. The office conducted policy planning exercises (war games) and roundtable discussions on security, political, economic, and global issues for State and key national security agencies from 1986 to 2006. He is the author of Ships, Swindlers and Scalded Hogs, the rise and fall of a mid-nineteenth- century Maine shipyard.