Peter H. Wyden, born Peter Weidenreich, in Berlin to a Jewish family, was an American journalist and writer.
He left Nazi Germany and went to the United States in 1937. After studying at City University of New York, he served with the U.S. Army’s Psychological Warfare Division in Europe during World War II.
After the war, he began a career in journalism, during which he worked as a reporter for The Wichita Eagle, a feature writer for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Washington correspondent for Newsweek magazine, a contributing editor for The Saturday Evening Post in Chicago and San Francisco, articles editor for McCall’s, and executive editor for Ladies’ Home Journal.
He authored or coauthored nine books, and numerous articles that appeared in major magazines. In 1970, he became a book publisher in New York City and Ridgefield, Connecticut.
Books in order of publication:
Suburbia’s Coddled Kids. 1962. New Jersey: Doubleday & Company, Inc.
The Overweight Society. 1965. New York: Pocket Books.
Growing Up Straight: What Every Thoughtful Parent Should Know about Homosexuality. New York: Stein and Day (1969) .
Bay of Pigs – The Untold Story. 1979. New York: Simon and Schuster.
The Passionate War: The Narrative History of the Spanish Civil War. 1983. New York: Simon and Schuster. 1983
Day One: Before Hiroshima and After. 1985. New York: Simon and Schuster. 1984
Stella: One Woman’s True Tale of Evil, Betrayal, and Survival in Hitler’s Germany. Anchor Books, 1993.
Wall: The Inside Story of Divided Berlin. 1989. Simon and Schuster.
Conquering Schizophrenia: A Father, His Son and a Medical Breakthrough. New York: Knopf. (1998).