David Maraniss is an associate
editor at The Washington Post and the author of several critically
acclaimed and bestselling books, including When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince
Lombardi, First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton, They Marched
Into Sunlight War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967, and
Clemente The Passion and Grace of Baseballs Last Hero. He is also the
author of The Clinton Enigma and coauthor of The Prince of
Tennessee: Al Gore Meets His Fate and "Tell Newt to Shut Up!"
David is a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and won the Pulitzer for national reporting in 1993 for his newspaper coverage of then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton. He also was part of The Washington Post team that won a 2008 Pulitzer for the newspaper's coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting. He has won several other notable awards for achievements in journalism, including the George Polk Award, the Dirksen Prize for Congressional Reporting, the ASNE Laventhol Prize for Deadline Writing, the Hancock Prize for Financial Writing, the Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Frankfort Book Prize, the Eagleton Book Prize, the Ambassador Book Prize, and Latino Book Prize.
He lives in Washington, D.C., and Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife, Linda. They have two grown children.
David Maraniss's website
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David Maraniss discusses Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World.
What is especially compelling about the 1960 Summer
What attracted me to Rome, what made it special in my mind, was the uncommon combination of legendary athletes, the tension of the cold war, the beauty of the setting, and the issues that arose during the 18 days of competition. With the entire world on the same stage at the same time, I saw the opportunity to weave the drama on the playing fields with the political and cultural issues that were emerging then.
You say in the book that the 1960 Summer Olympics marked the passing of one era and the dawning of another. What do you mean by that?
In so many ways, the 1960 Olympics marked a passing of one era and the birth of another. Television, money and doping were bursting onto the scene, changing everything they touched. Old-school notions of amateurism, created by and for upper-class sportsmen, were being challenged as never before. New countries were being born in Africa and Asia, blacks and women were pushing for equal rights. For better and worse, one could see the modern world as we know it today coming into view.
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