August 4, 2020

Maraniss Gets Testy as New Obama Bio Tanks

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Barack Obama: The Story, is getting testy.  And it is not hard to understand why.  The Washington Post diva spent the last four years on his career book, released it in the heart of a heated re-election season, got the kind of exposure a Kardashian would envy, and now […]

What David Maraniss Left Out of The Story

In his book, Barack Obama: The Story, David Maraniss is remarkably detailed about things that have nothing to do with The Story (Betty Davis’ opinion of a film, how a letter was handled in Kenya, what President Johnson said to Bill Moyers) but is inexplicably incurious about many things that are very important to The […]

Time and Again, Maraniss Conceals Obama’s Socialist Roots

“I’m not writing it as a fact-checker.  I’m writing it as an historian,” griped David Maraniss on CNN about the first volume of his new book, Barack Obama: The Story.  “Other people for ideological reasons are pouncing on that part of what my book is, but in fact I’m trying to tell the truth.”  In […]

Did Maraniss Commit Fraud to Protect Obama?

I was sitting out at lunch the other day reading David Maraniss’s new book, Barack Obama: The Story, when I came across a passage that gave me pause.  Maraniss excerpted the passage from an article, “Breaking the War Mentality,” that Obama had written in 1983 for a Columbia University publication called the Sundial.  What caught […]

Maraniss Bio Deepens Obama Birth Mystery

David Maraniss has no use for “birthers.”  In a recent interview, he dismissed their beliefs as “preposterous” and wonders why they cling to them, since “every fact and document leads in another direction.” Yet the one core belief that has united the birther community — if there be such a thing — is that Obama […]

What Maraniss Obviously Missed

I read the lead in the review of David Maraniss’s much discussed new book, Barack Obama, the Story, by Ben Smith of Buzzfeed of with at least one eyebrow arched. “David Maraniss’s new biography of Barack Obama is the first sustained challenge to Obama’s control over his own story,” writes Smith, “a firm and occasionally brutal debunking […]