I've been engaged in the word racket for 45 years -- the first 30 largely editing (Knopf, Viking, Harcourt; New England Monthly, Life, Time), since then mostly writing. Born in Detroit, educated (sort of) in Ann Arbor, domiciled half the year on Cape Cod, the other half on the Upper West Side.

Other Works

  • Public Editor #1: The Collected Columns (with Reflections, Reconsiderations, and Even a Few Retractions) of the First Ombudsman of the New York Times

  • Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center

  • The Way We Were: New England Then, New England Now

  • Nine Innings: The Anatomy of a Baseball Game


Awards and Recognition

  • Albert J. Beveridge Award for Year's Best Book of American History, 2011 (Last Call)
  • Finalist, Pulitzer Prize in History, 2004 (Great Fortune)
  • Honorary degree (L.H.D.), University of Michigan, 2014
  • Honorary degree (L.H.D.), Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 1989
  • National Magazine Award for General Excellence, 1986 and 1987