Tony Horwitz

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Tony Horwitz
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Horwitz in 2002
BornAnthony Lander Horwitz
(1958-06-09)June 9, 1958
Washington, D.C., U.S.
DiedMay 27, 2019(2019-05-27) (aged 60)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
OccupationJournalist, writer
Education Brown University
Columbia University
GenreNon-fiction, travel and description, military history, biography
SubjectCivil War, maritime discoveries
Notable awards1994 James Aronson Award, 1995 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting
(m. 1984)
Children2 [1]

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Anthony Lander Horwitz (June 9, 1958 – May 27, 2019) was an American journalist and author who won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.


His books include One for the Road: a Hitchhiker's Outback (1987), Baghdad Without a Map (1991), Confederates in the Attic (1998), Blue Latitudes (AKA Into the Blue) (2002), A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World (2008), [2] Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War (2011), [3] and Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide (2019). [4]

Early life and education

He was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Norman Harold Horwitz, a neurosurgeon, [5] and Elinor Lander Horwitz, a writer. Horwitz was an alumnus of Sidwell Friends School, in Washington, D.C. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa as a history major from Brown University and received a master's degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Writing career

Horwitz won a 1994 James Aronson Award and the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his stories about working conditions in low-wage America published in The Wall Street Journal . He also worked as a staff writer for The New Yorker and as a foreign correspondent covering conflicts in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. [6]

He documented his venture into e-publishing and reaching best-seller status in that venue in an opinion article for The New York Times . [7]

In 2019 he began writing and lecturing for the Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series at The Filson Historical Society. His book Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide focuses on the early New York Times journalist and correspondent Frederick Law Olmsted's travels through the South. [8]

He was a fellow at the Radcliffe College Center of Advanced Study and a past president of the Society of American Historians, which in 2020 established the Tony Horwitz Prize honoring distinguished work in American history of wide appeal and enduring public significance. [9] [10]

Personal life

Horwitz married the Australian writer Geraldine Brooks in France in 1984. [11] She also won the Pulitzer Prize, in 2006, for her novel, March (2005). They had two children.

On May 27, 2019, Horwitz collapsed while walking in Washington, D.C.. He was taken to George Washington University Hospital, where he was declared dead; the cause was cardiac arrest. [12] He was in the midst of a book tour for Spying on the South. [13]


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  2. Horwitz, Tony (2008). A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World. Holt, Henry & Company, Inc. ISBN   9780805076035.
  3. Horwitz, Tony (2011). Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War. Henry Holt and Co. ASIN   B00AZ8C8PM.
  4. Horwitz, Tony (2019). Spying on the South : an odyssey across the American divide. New York: Penguin Press. ISBN   9781101980286.
  5. "Norman Horwitz, neurosurgeon who operated on D.C. police officer wounded in Reagan assassination attempt, dies at 87". Washington Post.
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