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Rupert Cornwell

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Rupert Cornwell has been a foreign correspondent for over 40 years, based in Paris, Brussels, Rome, Bonn, Moscow and Washington. He joined The Independent at its founding in 1986 as Moscow correspondent, after 14 years with the Financial Times. He has spent 21 years in the US, 12 of them as Washington bureau chief. In 1983 he published God's Banker, about Roberto Calvi, the Italian banker found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge.

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Rupert Cornwell John Glenn's death signals the end of the American hero

Glenn was the embodiment of heartland values, of all that America sees as best in itself. He was a decent and patriotic, hardworking, sensible and down to earth. Today, plenty of eminent midwesterners still tick all these boxes. But none of them comes close to national hero status