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Publishing books under the pseudonyms Jonathan Ryder and Michael Shepherd as well as his given name, Robert Ludlum was an American who wrote twenty-seven bestselling thrillers. There have been somewhere between 290 and 500 million copies of his original books sold, in thirty-three languages and forty countries. Born in 1927, he earned his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University. Ludlum was a U.S. Marine, actor and theatrical producer before he turned to writing. Many of his novels have been made into films and mini-series, including The Osterman Weekend, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum. The Bourne movies, starring Matt Damon, were especially successful even though the plots are different from the books. Since Ludlum's death in 2001, books have carried the phrase Robert Ludlum ™ on their covers, with the real writer named inside.

Books by Robert Ludlum

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