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David Maraniss

Lucian Perkins

Mr. Maraniss is appearing courtesy of the Arizona Daily Star

David Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post and the author of six critically-acclaimed best-selling books about history, politics and sports, including "Rome 1960: The Olympics that Stirred the World," the book that inspired a documentary.

One of the most honored authors and journalists of his generation, Maraniss won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his reporting on Bill Clinton, was part of a Post team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Virginia Tech tragedy, and has been a Pulitzer finalist twice more for his journalism and once in history for his Vietnam work, "They Marched into Sunlight." His other major books include: "First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton," "Barack Obama: The Story," "Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero" and "When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi." The Lombardi biography, winner of the Frankfurt International Book Prize, was hailed by Sports Illustrated as “maybe the best sports biography ever published.” It was used as the basis for Lombardi, a play that ran on Broadway for eight months. His book "A Good American Family: My Father and the Red Scare" will be published in May 2019.

Maraniss, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, was born in Detroit, grew up mostly in Madison, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from St. Norbert College in 2011 and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2014. He lives in Washington, D.C. and Madison with his wife, Linda, an environmentalist. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.

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Scheduled events:
A 40-Year Search for Truth: My Life in Books and Newspapers
David Maraniss has spent the last three years researching a book about the McCarthy Red Scare era and contemplating the echoes from then to today under a president once tutored by Roy Cohn, who long ago had been Joe McCarthy's right hand man. Those two eras will serve as the bookends of the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer's discussion of his 40-plus year search for truth in his books and newspaper articles.

Arizona Daily Star Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Arizona Daily Star Store (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: David Maraniss
Moderator: Johanna Eubank
Can Truth Survive Fake News?
Facts are facts ... aren't they? Rick Wilson, David McCraw and Nina Burleigh will weigh in on "alternate truths" and ponder why so many Americans now believe whatever they hear — as long as it fits their own personal narrative. Leading the conversation will be David Maraniss.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 340)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Nina Burleigh, David McCraw, Rick Wilson
Moderator: David Maraniss

Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story
History / Biography
Simon & Schuster
September 2016
ISBN 9781476748399
464 pages
$18.00, INSTORE
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"As David Maraniss captures it with power and affection, Detroit summed up America's path to music and prosperity that was already past history. More/less

Barack Obama: The Story
History / Biography
Simon & Schuster
January 2013
ISBN 9781439160411
672 pages
$20.00, INSTORE
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From the author of First in His Class, the definitive biography of Bill Clinton, this New York Times bestseller was hailed by critics as a groundbreaking multigenerational biography, a richly textured account of President Obama and the forces that shaped him and sustain him. More/less

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