David Maraniss

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David Maraniss
David Maraniss at the 2012 Texas Book Festival.
David Maraniss at the 2012 Texas Book Festival.
Notable awards1993 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting

David Maraniss (/ˈmærənɪs/ MARR-ə-niss; born 1949) is an American journalist and author, currently serving as an associate editor for The Washington Post.


The Washington Post assigned Maraniss the job of biographer for their coverage of 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Maraniss and wife Linda live in Washington, D.C. and Madison, Wisconsin. His son, Andrew Maraniss is also an author and has been on the New York Times best-seller list in 2015.[2]


Maraniss has written or co-authored numerous books, most of which are biographies of politicians or athletes, and all of which were published by Simon & Schuster.

Title Year ISBN Subject matter Interviews and presentations Comments
First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton 1995 ISBN 9780684818900 Bill Clinton *Booknotes interview with Maraniss, May 7, 1995, C-SPAN
*Presentation by Maraniss, May 15, 1995, C-SPAN
*Presentation by Maraniss, November 4, 1998, C-SPAN
Tell Newt to Shut Up! 1996 ISBN 9780684832937 Newt Gingrich, The Republican Revolution *Presentation by Maraniss, May 20, 1996 Co-authored with Michael Weisskopf
The Clinton Enigma: A Four-and-a-Half Minute Speech Reveals This President's Entire Life 1998 ISBN 9780684862965 Bill Clinton, Lewinsky scandal *Presentation by Maraniss, November 4, 1998, C-SPAN
*Presentation by Maraniss, February 23, 1999, C-SPAN
When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi 1999 ISBN 9780684872902 Vince Lombardi
The Prince of Tennessee: Al Gore Meets His Fate 2000 ISBN 9780743204118 Al Gore *Presentation by Maraniss and Nakashima, September 26, 2000 Co-authored with Ellen Nakashima
They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967 2003 Battle of Ong Thanh, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Student protests against the Vietnam War *Interview on They Marched into Sunlight at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library
*Presentation by Maraniss at the Wisconsin Historical Society, April 8, 2002
*Part one and Part two of interview with Maraniss, September 28 and November 16, 2003, C-SPAN
Winner of the 2004 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize.[3]
Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero 2006 ISBN 9781416534105 Roberto Clemente
Rome 1960: The Olympics that Changed the World 2008 1960 Summer Olympics *Presentation by Maraniss at the Free Library of Philadelphia, July 10, 2008, C-SPAN
*Q&A interview with Maraniss, July 13, 2008, C-SPAN
*Presentation by Maraniss at the National Book Festival, September 27, 2008, C-SPAN
Into the Story: A Writer's Journey through Life, Politics, Sports and Loss 2010 ISBN 9781439167526 Autobiography
Barack Obama: The Story 2012 ISBN 9781439167533 Barack Obama *Interview with Maraniss, June 17, 2012, C-SPAN
*Cassie M. Chew; Meena Ganesan (July 9, 2012). "David Maraniss on Writing Obama's 'Story'". PBS Newshour.
*Presentation by Maraniss at the National Book Festival, September 23, 2012, C-SPAN
*Interview with Maraniss, Tucson Festival of Books, March 15, 2015, C-SPAN
Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story 2015 ISBN 9781476748382 Detroit, Michigan *Interview with Maraniss, October 20, 2014, C-SPAN
*Presentation by Maraniss at the Detroit Historical Society, October 3, 2015, C-SPAN
*Presentation by Maraniss at the Wisconsin Book Festival, October 24, 2015, C-SPAN
A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father 2019 ISBN 9781501178375 *Q&A interview, May 12, 2019, C-SPAN


  1. ^ Howell, Deborah (July 20, 2008). "A Vote for Coverage of Substance". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ "Books/Best Sellers/Race and Civil Rights". The New York Times. December 1, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  3. ^ "J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project winners". Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Retrieved 16 March 2011.

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