David Maraniss presents ‘A Good American Family’
David Maraniss will appear in conversation with Doug Moe at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, at Madison Central Library.
David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author, has been chronicling American life as told through sports figures. With “A Good American Family,” he turns the lens on his own family to examine the politics of the 1950s McCarthy era.
“A Good American Family” captures a time of fear, paranoia, and injustice — and 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. Ultimately, though, this is an optimistic book. Maraniss’s father never lost faith in America, and he was eventually vindicated.
Doors will open for this event at 6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Seating will be by general admission.