About David K Shipler

David K. Shipler is the author of seven books, the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction, and a former correspondent of The New York Times. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he served as an officer on a U.S. Navy destroyer from 1964 to 1966, began as a news clerk at The Times, worked as a reporter in New York City, then spent eleven years overseas as a Times correspondent in Saigon and as bureau chief in Moscow and Jerusalem. He concluded his career at The Times as Chief Diplomatic Correspondent in Washington. He and Thomas Friedman shared the 1983 George Polk Award for their coverage of the war in Lebanon. He writes online at The Shipler Report. His first book, Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams, was a national best seller and winner of an Overseas Press Club award. His next book, Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, won the Pulitzer, and a two-hour PBS documentary based on Arab and Jew, for which he was executive producer, writer and narrator, won a DuPont-Columbia award for broadcast journalism. That was followed by a one-hour film, Arab and Jew: Return to the Promised Land, which also aired on PBS. His other books are A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America; The Working Poor: Invisible in America (a national best-seller); The Rights of the People: How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties; Rights at Risk: The Limits of Liberty in Modern America; and Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than the Sword. Shipler has taught at Princeton, Dartmouth, and American University, has been a writer-in- residence at the University of Southern California, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow on more than twenty-five campuses, and a Trustee of Dartmouth College. He has also been a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a member and chair of the Pulitzer jury for general non-fiction.

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