David Maraniss is a non-fiction
author, Pulitzer Prize
winning journalist, and associate editor at The Washington Post
. Maraniss' articles on Bill Clinton
during the 1992 presidential campaign won him the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1993.
Maraniss is best known for his two in-depth biographies; First In His Class, about the life of Bill Clinton before he became President, and When Pride Still Mattered, a beautifully written cultural biography of NFL legend Vince Lombardi.
Maraniss, the son of a newspaper editor, grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and moved to Washington, D.C. in 1977. He has lived there since -- though a few of the intervening years were spent in Austin, Texas where he was the Post's southwestern bureau chief. He is married and has two grown children.
An interesting trivia note: Maraniss believes he and his immediate family are the only Maranisses in the country. The name is apparently unique -- a derivation of "marrano," a word given to Spanish Jews during the Inquisition.
The Books of David Maraniss
The Prince of Tennessee: The Rise of Al Gore (2000) with Ellen Nakashima
Power & the Presidency (2000)
When Pride Still Mattered (1999)
The The Clinton Enigma A Four-And-A-Half Minute Speech Reveals This President's Entire Life (1998)
First in His Class (1995)
Tell Newt To Shut Up with Michael Weisskopf