Tony Horwitz

Tony was a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of Brown University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. As a newspaper reporter he spent a decade overseas, mainly covering wars and conflict in the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans for The Wall Street Journal. Returning to the U.S., he won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and wrote for The New Yorker before becoming a full-time author.

His books include the national and New York Times bestsellers, Confederates in the AtticBlue LatitudesBaghdad Without a Map and A Voyage Long and StrangeMidnight Rising was named a New York Times Notable Book in 2011 and one of the year’s ten best books by Library Journal.

Tony was also a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the president of the Society of American Historians. He is survived by his wife Geraldine Brooks and their two sons, Nathaniel and Bizu.

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Can Bar-Stool Democracy Save America?

Originally published in The New York Times, April 27, 2019 Last week I saw my cardiologist. He told me I drink too much. This wasn’t a shock. I live on Martha’s Vineyard, by the wine-dark sea, where drink animates the bleak...

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Publisher’s Weekly Review: Spying on the South

Originally published in Publisher’s Weekly, April 2019 Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Horwitz (Confederates in the Attic) follows the trail of Frederick Law Olmsted, 19th-century reporter and legendary landscape architect, across the American South in this expansive and generously conceived travelogue. His...

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Featured Books


Midnight Rising

Bestselling author Tony Horwitz tells the electrifying tale of the daring insurrection that put America on the path to bloody war.


Confederates in the Attic

When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he’s put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again, this time from a war close to home and to his own heart.


Blue Latitudes

Two centuries after James Cook’s epic voyages of discovery, Tony Horwitz takes readers on a wild ride across hemispheres and centuries to recapture the Captain’s adventures and explore his embattled legacy in today’s Pacific.

“Tony Horwitz has done it again…Keen insight, open-mindedness and laugh-out-loud humor.”


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