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Jonathan Schell was born in 1943 in New York City. He graduated from the Putney School in Vermont and magna cum laude from Harvard University, where he majored in Far Eastern history and wrote for the Harvard Crimson. He learned Japanese and travelled widely while enrolled in the Graduate School of International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. Schell was the Harold Willens Peace Fellow at the Nation Institute. He died in 2014.
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