Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind has written some of America's most important works of nonfiction, framing national debates while exploring the complexities of human experience. Mr. Suskind's latest book, Confidence Men (September, 2011), is a multi-layered narrative about the fall of the U.S. economy, the rise of Barack Obama, and the President's harrowing battle to take control of his White House and earn the confidence of the American people.
His previous works include the New York Times bestseller, The Way of the World
, (August, 2008), about the forces fighting the global "hearts and minds" struggle at a time when awesomely destructive weapons are available to the common man; The One Percent Doctrine
(June, 2006), a signature work on how the U.S. government frantically improvised to fight a new kind of war after 9/11; The Price of Loyalty
(Jan 2004), a sweeping tour of the inner workings of the American government in the modern era; and A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy (January, 1998) a critically-acclaimed bestseller that has redefined national debates on race, class and achievement.
In addition to his books, he often appears on network television and has been a contributor for The New York Times Magazine and Esquire. Mr. Suskind was the Wall Street Journal's senior national affairs reporter from 1993 until his departure in 2000, and won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. He currently lives in Washington, DC and Cambridge, MA with his wife, Cornelia Kennedy Suskind.
Using one family's story as the spine of the book, Life Animated tells a parallel story of the epidemic of autism in our country and of The Walt Disney Company, revealing how the signature malady of our era and the films of the country's greatest story factory are surprisingly interlinked. By the end of the book, these strands weave into a single emotional finale, a testament to individual courage and the power of narrative itself in shaping our lives.