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William Rosen PRINCETON JUNCTION Author William Rosen, 61, whose works of narrative nonfiction include "Justinian's Flea" and "The Most Powerful Idea in the World: The Story of Steam, Industry and Invention," died at home on April 28, 2016, of gastrointestinal stromal cancer,...

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Bill Rosen commissioned my book when he was at Free Press back in 2003. He was a wonderful editor as well as a delightful and fascinating person with whom to spent time. As an Englishman, I am long used to drinking a glass of wine at lunch in restaurants. Bill was one of the few NY publishers who didn't swallow deeply and say, Are you an alcoholic?! He left the Free Press before I finished the book; it was never the same afterwards. He really is an enormous loss as a writer, an editor and,...

Bill Rosen took a chance, hiring me as a young editor at Macmillan many years ago when I had very little experience. He was my ideal of the perfect boss, smart, funny, incisive, fair, got involved when he needed to but otherwise trusted you to do your job well. He gave you the space to grow, and he genuinely cared about the people who worked for him. Through my own career, I've tried to pay that forward. We fell out of touch after Macmillan was sold, but it was with absolute delight that I...

I am so fortunate to have worked for Bill at my very first job. He will be missed. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.

I am heartbroken. He was my co-author on Street Smart and one of the most brilliant and witty persons I ever met.

Sam Schwartz

I always loved Bill's wit and erudition while at Simon & Schuster. My condolences to his family and loved ones.

As a young assistant editor, I was in awe of Bill. He was always the smartest person in the room and understood all the angles to any project; I learned more about the publishing business from Bill than from anyone else.

But even more important, Bill was unfailingly generous with his time and his knowledge and his passion, a true mentor and friend.

I'll miss you, Bill, and our regular rendezvous in Princeton! Rest in peace.

My condolences,

Please accept my condolences. I knew Bill as a wonderful scholar/writer, editor and committed Dad.

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I could not have asked for a better son-in-law. Conversations with Bill were inspiring and insightful. His love and dedication to his wife and children will endure.

Champagne will always be shared in your memory.