Bob Spitz

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Bob Spitz is an American journalist and author best known for biographies of major cultural figures, including Reagan: An American Journey,[1] the New York Times bestseller The Beatles: The Biography,[2] the New York Times bestseller Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, and books about Bob Dylan, and the Woodstock festival.

Articles by Spitz appear regularly in The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Conde Nast Traveler, Men's Journal, InStyle, Esquire and The Washington Post.[3]

In his early career he worked as a manager for Bruce Springsteen and Elton John, beginning at Wes Farrell's Pocket Full of Tunes, a music publishing and production company. When Mike Appel signed Bruce Springsteen, Spitz followed Appel.[4]

Spitz lives in New York.[5]

Nonfiction books[edit]

  • Reagan: An American Journey (Penguin Press, 2018-10-02, ISBN 978-1-59420-531-6)[6]
  • Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child (end notes available on author's site) (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012-08-07, ISBN 9780307272225)[7][8]
  • The Saucier's Apprentice: One Long Strange Trip through the Great Cooking Schools of Europe (W. W. Norton and Company, 2008)
  • The Beatles: The Biography (Little, Brown and Company, 2005)
  • Barefoot in Babylon: The Creation of the Woodstock Music Festival, 1969 (W. W. Norton and Company, 1989)
  • Dylan: A Biography (McGraw-Hill, 1988)
  • The Making of Superstars: Artists and Executives of the Rock Music Business (Anchor Press, 1978)

Juvenile nonfiction books[edit]



  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ “The Legacy of the Beatles,” CBS News, Sep 9, 2005
  3. ^ Simon & Schuster Author Profile
  4. ^ Statham, Craig (2013). Springsteen: Saint In The City: 1949-1974. Soundcheck Books. ISBN 978-0957144231.
  5. ^ Simon & Schuster Author Profile
  6. ^ Kirkus Review, Reagan: An American Journey by Bob Spitz, July 15, 2018. This book erroneously speculates that Ronald Reagan fathered a pregnancy with his then girlfriend, Margaret Cleaver, while Reagan was a student at Eureka College. The author claimed that the former girlfriend disappeared during the 1930-1931 school year at Eureka College and subsequently manufactured a story that she transferred to the University of Illinois for that school year in order to hide that she was pregnant by Reagan. In fact, the University of Illinois has records showing that Margaret Cleaver matriculated on September 22, 1930, attended six courses at the University of Illinois in the Fall of 1930, and attended seven courses in the Spring of 1931. Further, the University of Illinois' 1930-31 yearbook shows a picture of a clearly not pregnant Margaret Cleaver as a member of the Delta Zeta sorority on Page 532. Attached are links to Ms. Cleaver's University of Illinois transcript and to the University of Illinois' 1930-31 yearbook.
  7. ^ Spitz, Bob (2012-08-07). "Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child". Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 9780307272225. Archived from the original on 2012-08-17.
  8. ^ Ien, Marci (2012-08-14). "Biography reveals insecurities plagued Julia Child (Marci Ien interviews Bob Spitz, 05:11)". Canada AM.
  9. ^ Little, Brown and Company Kids official website Archived July 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine