David Maraniss Book Talk and Signing

The Detroit Writing Room

1514 Washington Blvd Suite 203 · Detroit, MI

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Friday, November 15, 2019

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

David Maraniss Book Talk and Signing

Detroit Writing Room
1514 Washington Boulevard
Ste. #203
Detroit, Michigan 48226

Cost $10.00


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss will give a book talk and sign copies of his latest book "A Good American Family" at The Detroit Writing Room on Friday, Nov. 15. This meet-and-greet with Maraniss will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

David Maraniss is a bestselling author who has been chronicling American life as told through sports figures, future presidents and everyday heroes. With "A Good American Family," he turns the lens on his own family to examine the politics of the 1950s McCarthy era with this powerfully resonant book.

Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post and a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and was a finalist three other times. Among his bestselling books are biographies of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Roberto Clemente, and Vince Lombardi, and a trilogy about the 1960s — "Rome 1960"; "Once in a Great City" (winner of the RFK Book Prize); and "They Marched into Sunlight" (winner of the J. Anthony Lucas Prize and Pulitzer Finalist in History). "A Good American Family" is his twelfth book.

About "A Good American Family"

"A Good American Family" captures a time of fear, paranoia and injustice. It is also a powerful personal story of a son’s search to understand his father and what happened to his family during the Red Scare, one of the darkest periods in modern American history. At the heart is the story of Maraniss’s father. Elliott Maraniss, a World War II veteran who had commanded an all-black company in the Pacific, was spied on by the FBI, named as a communist by an informant, called before the House of Un-American Activities Committee, fired from his newspaper job and blacklisted for five years.

"A Good American Family" powerfully evokes the political dysfunctions of the 1950s while connecting this important part of American history with echoes in America today. Like the Un-American Activities Committee and Joe McCarthy, demagogues use fear, sensationalism, and distortion as dangerous political weapons. "A Good American" Family is ultimately a story of the resilience and redemption of a family — and a nation — that rose from the fear and paranoia of that era.

Tickets to the book talk and signing are $10. The book will be available to purchase for $28.