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
Born1949 (age 7374)
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]

In 2014, Maraniss was quoted in the "Mystery Document" segment of the educational YouTube video, "Crash Course: US History #44; George H.W. Bush and the end of the Cold War" [2]

Personal life

Maraniss and wife Linda live in Washington, D.C. and Madison, Wisconsin. His son, Andrew Maraniss is also an author and was on the New York Times bestseller list in 2015.[3]


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 matterCommentsInterviews and presentations
First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton1995ISBN 9780684818900Bill Clinton
Tell Newt to Shut Up!1996ISBN 9780684832937Newt Gingrich, The Republican RevolutionCo-authored with Michael Weisskopf
The Clinton Enigma: A Four-and-a-Half Minute Speech Reveals This President's Entire Life1998ISBN 9780684862965Bill Clinton, Lewinsky scandal
When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi1999ISBN 9780684872902Vince Lombardi
The Prince of Tennessee: Al Gore Meets His Fate2000ISBN 9780743204118Al GoreCo-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 WarWinner of the 2004 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize.[4]
Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero2006ISBN 9781416534105Roberto Clemente
Rome 1960: The Olympics that Changed the World20081960 Summer Olympics
Into the Story: A Writer's Journey through Life, Politics, Sports and Loss2010ISBN 9781439167526Autobiography
Barack Obama: The Story2012ISBN 9781439167533Barack Obama
Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story2015ISBN 9781476748382Detroit, Michigan
A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father2019ISBN 9781501178375
Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe2022ISBN 9781476748412Jim Thorpe


  1. Howell, Deborah (July 20, 2008). "A Vote for Coverage of Substance". The Washington Post.
  2. George HW Bush and the End of the Cold War: Crash Course US History #44, retrieved 2022-03-30
  3. "Books/Best Sellers/Race and Civil Rights". The New York Times. December 1, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  4. "J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project winners". Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Retrieved 16 March 2011.

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