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

ONCE IN A GREAT CITY by David Maraniss
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
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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
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. Read full book review >