Julian Rubinstein

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Julian Rubinstein

Julian Rubinstein (born 1968) is an award-winning journalist, author, producer and adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University.


Rubinstein was born in the Bronx and grew up in Denver.


His book Ballad of the Whiskey Robber, published in 2004, is about the Hungarian bank robber and folk hero Attila Ambrus. The book won Borders' 2004 "Original Voices" Non-fiction Book Prize and was a finalist for the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award and the 2005 Anthony Award. An audio cabaret recording of the book was a finalist at the 2007 Audie Awards for Best Audio Book. The performance stars Eric Bogosian, Demetri Martin, Samantha Power, Gary Shteyngart, Jonathan Ames, Arthur Phillips, Darin Strauss, and Tommy Ramone. Warner Bros. and Johnny Depp optioned the book for a film.

Rubinstein has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Details, Travel + Leisure, Salon, Outside and other publications. His work has been selected for the Best American Crime Writing anthology, The Best American Essays, and twice by The Best American Sports Writing.



  • Rubinstein, Julian (2004). Ballad of the Whiskey Robber.


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