Books by David Maraniss

David Maraniss was born August 6, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan and lived in several cities during his early childhood, including Detroit, Cleveland, New York, and Bettendorf, Iowa. When he was eight, his family settled in Madison, Wisconsin where he lived


A GOOD AMERICAN FAMILY by David Maraniss
NONFICTION
Released: May 14, 2019

"A cleareyed, highly personal view of a dark chapter in American history."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist places his father at the center of an absorbing history of American political and cultural life in the 1940s and '50s. Read full book review >
ONCE IN A GREAT CITY by David Maraniss
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An illuminating history of a golden era in a city desperately seeking to reclaim the glory."
Hot times in a raucous city. Read full book review >
BARACK OBAMA by David Maraniss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2012

"Maraniss stresses that Obama's Muslim ancestors encompass only one facet to his complex, fascinating makeup. Another in the author's line of authoritative biographies."
An exhaustive, respectful study of the president's "shattered genealogy," from Kansas to Kenya, Hawaii to Indonesia. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"Regardless of the level of fame of his subjects, Maraniss's reportage is always sharp and sympathetic."
A wide-ranging mix of stories from the longtime Washington Post journalist, who blends the political and personal, the uplifting and tragic. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 1, 2008

"Evocative, entertaining and often suspenseful—sports history at a very high standard."
Timely, illuminating account of the 17th Olympiad, with its many firsts, including the first doping scandal in Olympic history. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2006

"A nuanced, expertly written life of much more than a sports hero."
Roberto Clemente wasn't the best baseball player ever, but he was a great one—and one absolutely necessary for his time and his team. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Extraordinary, and likely to become a standard in courses devoted to the history of the Vietnam War."
A sprawling, vivid, and hard-to-put-down account of a mere two days in the fall of 1967, a time of two fierce battles: one in South Vietnam, the other in Wisconsin. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

" From the myth of this model of order, loyalty, and victory, Maraniss has fashioned a richly complicated counter life of a sports icon committed to and consumed by the quest for perfection. (First serial to Vanity Fair)"
Though his subjects could not seem more different, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Maraniss finds in Green Bay Packer coach Vince Lombardi as compelling and paradoxical a leader as Bill Clinton (First in His Class, 1995). Read full book review >
FIRST IN HIS CLASS by David Maraniss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 1995

Neither hagiography nor hatchet job, this illuminating, unauthorized biography sticks to the facts to draw a sharp personal and political portrait of the man who became the first baby boomer to be elected President. In his debut book, Pulitzer Prizewinning Washington Post reporter Maraniss uses well-honed journalistic skills to dig out the events of Clinton's life from childhood until the day he declared for the presidency in October 1991. Maraniss interviewed some 400 people, all of whom spoke on the record. The result is a balanced account of Clinton's enormous strengths and weaknesses—a rich, thick narrative crammed with abundant detail and an appropriate amount of interpretative analysis. Maraniss clearly shows that from his days as a teen-aged politico in high school and college, through his years at Oxford University and Yale Law School, and throughout his Arkansas political career, Clinton was always a man of contrasts and contradictions: ``considerate and calculating, easygoing and ambitious, mediator and predator.'' The author notes an instance when Clinton attended a black barbecue and played a round of golf in a restricted club within a matter of hours. This is not the book to go to for specifics about Clinton's sex life, before or after marriage; nor is there an in-depth examination of the Whitewater affair. The author does, however, offer revealing looks at many other aspects of Clinton's life, especially his childhood, his coming of age in England, his handling of the draft during the late 1960s, and his political career in Arkansas. Maraniss fully lives up to his goal of creating ``a fair- minded examination of a complicated human being and the forces that shaped him and his generation.'' (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 50,000; author tour) Read full book review >