With an eye for bringing the mysteries of history to light and a knack for reportage that won him a Pulitzer for his work for The Washington Post, David Maraniss pens compelling works of nonfiction that give readers insights into larger-than-life figures, from Bill Clinton to Vince Lombardi, while illuminating major events in American history.
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Washington, D.C., and Madison, Wisconsin
Date of Birth:
August 6, 1949
Place of Birth:
University of Wisconsin
Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, 1993; Polk Award for National Reporting, 1995; Frankfurt Prize, 1997 for When Pride Still Mattered
|An Author's Advice|
|In our exclusive interview, we asked Maraniss what advice he'd give to aspiring nonfiction writers. "If you build a strong foundation, developing the crafts of reporting and writing, you will know when you are ready and you will break through eventually," Maraniss reveals. "Some writers try a trick to make it through, and they might have some success with that, but it will be short-lived."|
|No Place like Home||Favorite Writers and Reads|
While he sticks mainly to nonfiction, Maraniss names Willa Cather's classic tale of hard-bitten frontier life, My Ántonia, as one of the novels that had a great effect on him. He observes, "[it] powerfully evokes the American midwestern experience that is part of my heritage."
|The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York|
Robert A. Caro
When discussing his all-time favorite books with us, Maraniss mentions Robert A. Caro's award-winning account of Robert Moses' fall from grace, The Power Broker. "[It] overwhelmed me with its detail and brilliant narrative style," he comments. Read our interview with Maraniss to find out more about his favorite works, including:
|Photo by Lisa Berg||