David Maraniss

David Maraniss (/ˈmærənɪs/ MARR-ə-niss; born 1949) is an American journalist and author, currently serving as an associate editor for The Washington Post.

David Maraniss
David Maraniss at the 2012 Texas Book Festival.
Notable awards1993 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting


The Washington Post assigned Maraniss the job of biographer for their coverage of 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama.[1]

Personal life

Maraniss and wife Linda live in Washington, D.C. and Madison, Wisconsin. His son, Andrew Maraniss is also an author and has been on the New York Times best-seller list in 2015.[2]


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.

TitleYearISBNSubject matterInterviews and presentationsComments
First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton1995ISBN 9780684818900Bill Clinton*Booknotes interview with Maraniss, May 7, 1995, C-SPAN
*Presentation by Maraniss, May 15, 1995, C-SPAN
*Presentation by Maraniss, November 4, 1998, C-SPAN
Tell Newt to Shut Up!1996ISBN 9780684832937Newt Gingrich, The Republican Revolution*Presentation by Maraniss, May 20, 1996Co-authored with Michael Weisskopf
The Clinton Enigma: A Four-and-a-Half Minute Speech Reveals This President's Entire Life1998ISBN 9780684862965Bill Clinton, Lewinsky scandal*Presentation by Maraniss, November 4, 1998, C-SPAN
*Presentation by Maraniss, February 23, 1999, C-SPAN
When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi1999ISBN 9780684872902Vince Lombardi
The Prince of Tennessee: Al Gore Meets His Fate2000ISBN 9780743204118Al Gore*Presentation by Maraniss and Nakashima, September 26, 2000Co-authored with Ellen Nakashima
They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 19672003Battle of Ong Thanh, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Student protests against the Vietnam War*Interview on They Marched into Sunlight at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library
*Presentation by Maraniss at the Wisconsin Historical Society, April 8, 2002
*Part one and Part two of interview with Maraniss, September 28 and November 16, 2003, C-SPAN
Winner of the 2004 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize.[3]
Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero2006ISBN 9781416534105Roberto Clemente
Rome 1960: The Olympics that Changed the World20081960 Summer Olympics*Presentation by Maraniss at the Free Library of Philadelphia, July 10, 2008, C-SPAN
*Q&A interview with Maraniss, July 13, 2008, C-SPAN
*Presentation by Maraniss at the National Book Festival, September 27, 2008, C-SPAN
Into the Story: A Writer's Journey through Life, Politics, Sports and Loss2010ISBN 9781439167526Autobiography
Barack Obama: The Story2012ISBN 9781439167533Barack Obama*Interview with Maraniss, June 17, 2012, C-SPAN
*Cassie M. Chew; Meena Ganesan (July 9, 2012). "David Maraniss on Writing Obama's 'Story'". PBS Newshour.
*Presentation by Maraniss at the National Book Festival, September 23, 2012, C-SPAN
*Interview with Maraniss, Tucson Festival of Books, March 15, 2015, C-SPAN
Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story2015ISBN 9781476748382Detroit, Michigan*Interview with Maraniss, October 20, 2014, C-SPAN
*Presentation by Maraniss at the Detroit Historical Society, October 3, 2015, C-SPAN
*Presentation by Maraniss at the Wisconsin Book Festival, October 24, 2015, C-SPAN
A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father2019ISBN 9781501178375*Q&A interview, May 12, 2019, C-SPAN


  1. Howell, Deborah (July 20, 2008). "A Vote for Coverage of Substance". The Washington Post.
  2. "Books/Best Sellers/Race and Civil Rights". nytimes.com. New York Times. December 1, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  3. "J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project winners". Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Retrieved 16 March 2011.

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