James Reston Jr.: Son of a Famous Father, Historian, Novelist

From a New York Times obit by Sam Roberts headlined “James Reston Jr., Author With a Hand in the Nixon Apology, Dies at 82”:

James Reston Jr., an eclectic historian and novelist who helped the British television host David Frost prod former President Richard M. Nixon into admitting his complicity in the Watergate scandal and apologizing in a wrenching broadcast interview, died on Wednesday at his home in Chevy Chase, Md.

Mr. Reston, whose father was a renowned figure at The New York Times as a columnist, Washington bureau chief and executive editor, largely bypassed daily journalism to focus on timely and historical nonfiction and novels and adapting four of his books into plays.