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Host Stu Levitan welcomes to Madison BookBeat Andrew Maraniss, author of Games of Deception: The True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team and the 1936 Olympics in Hitler’s Germany” to Madison BookBeat on WORT, 89.9 FM (Madison WI)
You all know what basketball is, you all know what the Olympics are, you all know who Hitler was. So that part doesn’t need any more introduction.
As to Andrew Maraniss. First of all, as noted, he is the son of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author David Maraniss and Linda Maraniss, a pioneering environmentalist in her own right. He was born right here in Madison, is now a resident of Brentwood, Tenn., with his wife Alison, and their two young children. That also makes him, on his father’s side, the grandson of the great newspaperman Elliott Maraniss and his wife Mary, a superb book editor herself. Follow Andrew on Twitter @trublu24 and visit his website at andrewmaraniss.com.
Second, he’s really good at telling historical and sports stories with a larger social message. GAMES OF DECEPTION has already received the 2020 Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Book Honors for middle grade readers and was named one of Amazon’s Top Books of 2019. His first book, the New York Times-bestseller STRONG INSIDE: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South, received the 2015 Lillian Smith Book Award and the lone Special Recognition honor at the 2015 RFK Book Awards, the first sports-related book so honored. The Young Reader edition was named one of the Top 10 Biographies and Top 10 Sports Books of 2017 by the American Library Association and was selected as a Notable Social Studies Book for 2019 by the National Council for the Social Studies.
Andrew is a contributor to ESPN’s TheUndefeated.com. and Visiting Author at Vanderbilt University Athletics, where he was formerly the associate director of media relations – a lesson in the value of leaving a job on good terms. He was also the first-ever media relations manager for the Tampa Bay Rays. It is a pleasure to welcome to Madison BookBeat my friend, Andrew Maraniss.