This week, Madison Bookbeat host Stu Levitan sits down with David Maraniss – someone who is not only a Madison author, but by certain metrics, could be considered Madison’s greatest author.
This time, they’re in conversation about Maraniss’s brand-new book about America’s greatest athlete. It’s called Path Lit By Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe (Simon & Schuster, August 2022) which has already shot up to second on the New York Times bestseller list.
About the author:
David Maraniss is a two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for his work with the Washington Post, where he remains an associate editor, and the author of twelve previous books, including biographies of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Vince Lombardi, and Roberto Clemente. He’s also author of They Marched into Sunlight, partly a history of Madison and the UW in October 1967.
His Madison credentials are top notch. He wasn’t born here, but did grow up here as the son of Mary Maraniss, an editor with the UW Press, and my former boss at the Capital Times, Elliot Maraniss, who was the subject of his most recent book A Good American Family. He and his wife Linda have a house on the near west side of Madison where they summer whenever they can.