David Maraniss

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David Maraniss
David Maraniss at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
David Maraniss at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
Born1949 (age 73–74)
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]

In 2014, Maraniss was quoted in the "Mystery Document" segment of the educational YouTube video, "Crash Course: US History #44; George H.W. Bush and the end of the Cold War" [2]

Personal life[edit]

Maraniss and wife Linda live in Washington, D.C. and Madison, Wisconsin. His son, Andrew Maraniss is also an author and was on the New York Times bestseller list in 2015.[3]


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 Comments Interviews and presentations
First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton 1995 ISBN 9780684818900 Bill Clinton
Tell Newt to Shut Up! 1996 ISBN 9780684832937 Newt Gingrich, The Republican Revolution 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
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 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 Winner of the 2004 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize.[4]
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
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
Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story 2015 ISBN 9781476748382 Detroit, Michigan
A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father 2019 ISBN 9781501178375
Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe 2022 ISBN 9781476748412 Jim Thorpe


  1. ^ Howell, Deborah (July 20, 2008). "A Vote for Coverage of Substance". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ George HW Bush and the End of the Cold War: Crash Course US History #44, retrieved 2022-03-30
  3. ^ "Books/Best Sellers/Race and Civil Rights". The New York Times. December 1, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project winners". Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Retrieved 16 March 2011.

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