Larry Tye

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Larry Tye in 2009.

Larry Tye is an American non-fiction author and journalist known for his biographies of notable Americans including Edward Bernays (1999) Satchel Paige (2009), Robert F. Kennedy (2016) and Joseph McCarthy (2020).

From 1986 to 2001, Tye was a reporter at The Boston Globe, where his primary beat was medicine. He also served as the Globe's environmental reporter, roving national writer, investigative reporter and sports writer. Before that, he was the environmental reporter at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, and covered government and business at The Anniston Star in Anniston, Alabama.

Tye was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1993–1994[1] and has won a series of major newspaper awards, including the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and the Edward J. Meeman Award for Environmental Journalism.

Two of Tye's books, one on the Pullman porters and another on electroconvulsive therapy, have been adapted into documentary films.[2] Sony and Hulu are making his biography of Robert Kennedy into a limited TV series, with Chris Pine due to play Kennedy.[3]

Tye won a Goldsmith Research Prize from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, an Alicia Patterson Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency, and research grants from the Newberry Library, Gilder Lehrman Institute, and the Eisenhower and Truman libraries. His books have won awards, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness's highest honor for one on mental illness co-authored with Kitty Dukakis. Tye's biography of Satchel Paige was named a New York Times Notable Book, and won two prizes—the Casey Award and Seymour Medal—as best baseball book of 2009.

The Wall Street Journal wrote that Tye’s latest book, Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy, was “the fullest account yet” of McCarthy and “the rigor of his research ensures he goes far beyond the caricature to give us a portrait of nuance and depth.”[4] NPR reported that the book also, “draws a parallel between McCarthy's tactics and President Trump's divisive rhetoric.” [5]

Additionally, Tye is director of the Boston-based Health Coverage Fellowship, which each year trains 10 American medical journalists on better covering issues in this field.

Education and teaching[edit]

Tye, who graduated from Brown University, taught journalism at Boston University, Northeastern University and Tufts University.


  • The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays and the Birth of Public Relations (Crown Publishing Group, 1998. ISBN 978-0517704356)
  • Homelands: Portraits of the New Jewish Diaspora (Henry Holt & Company, 2001. ISBN 978-0805065909)
  • Rising From the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class (Henry Holt & Company, 2004/ ISBN 978-0805070750)
  • Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy, co-written by Kitty Dukakis (Avery Publishing, 2007. ISBN 978-1583332832)
  • Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend (Random House, 2009. ISBN 978-1400066513.[6]
  • Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero (Random House, 2012. ISBN 978-1400068661)
  • Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon (Random House, 2016. ISBN 978-0812993349)[7]
  • Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy (Houghton Mifflin, 2020. ISBN 978-1328959720)

Honors and awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-13. Retrieved 2009-10-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-06. Retrieved 2009-10-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Bobby Kennedy's life inspires a Hulu series".
  4. ^ White, Duncan (July 10, 2020). "'Demagogue' Review: Bully's Pulpit". The Wall Street Journal.
  5. ^ Gross, Terry (July 7, 2020). "'We've Got To Learn From Our History,' 'Demagogue' Author Warns". NPR.
  6. ^ "Hardcover Nonfiction". The New York Times. July 5, 2009. Archived from the original on December 4, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
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  8. ^ "Casey Award: Best Baseball Book of the Year". Spitball. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  9. ^ "Larry Tye Wins Seymour Medal for "Satchel"". Society for American Baseball Research. March 8, 2010. Archived from the original on March 12, 2010.

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