Peter Goldman

Peter Goldman

Peter Goldman is an author and journalist living in New York City. He spent most of his professional life with Newsweek as a national-affairs writer, a senior editor, and team leader of a special-projects unit producing major works of narrative journalism for the magazine--among them inside accounts of seven presidential elections.

In his 25 years on staff and 20 more as a contributing editor, Goldman wrote more than 120 cover stories on race, politics, Watergate, criminal justice and other aspects of American life. His projects helped Newsweek win many honors, including six National Magazine Awards--the industry’s nearest equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize. "Goldman," the magazine said in a commemorative issue in 2012, "may have done more to explain America to itself, week in and week out, than any other journalist of his generation."

Reviewers of his ten nonfiction books have called him “shiningly eloquent” (New York Times Book Review), “masterful” (Washington Post Book World), and “perhaps the best writer in American journalism” (Wall Street Journal). His biography The Death and Life of Malcolm X, is considered a seminal work in the field. He was the lead co-author of Charlie Company: What Vietnam Did To Us, a New York Times best-seller, and Quest for the Presidency 1992, selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the five best books on modern presidential campaigns.

More recently, he has turned to genre-bending detective fiction, with The Last Minstrel Show (2012) , The Shape-Shifters (2015), and Students of Pain, (2018). The fourth book in the series, A River of Blood,, is pending publication. A fifth is in progress.

He was married for 41 years to Helen Dudar, an award-winning newspaper and magazine writer. In the last year of her life, he edited and published The Attentive Eye, a collection of her journalism. She died of breast cancer in 2002.

Selected Works

In book three in the series From the Case Files of Max Christian PI, a Mafia family kidnaps Max's son, and Max teams up with Nick (The Closer) Testa to get him back. An iUniverse "Editors Choice" book.
The second in a series of genre-bending crime novels, Max stalks the Gramercy Slasher, a serial killer targeting young women with showbiz aspirations. Kirkus Reviews called The Shape-Shifters an "intense...striking" thriller.
Members of a touring black basketball team are dying young, and Max Christian, a hard-drinking, hard-living PI, goes on the road to find their stalker. "A page turner...just plain beautifully written.”
–Robert Littell, author of The Company and other novels
A biography described by the New Yorker as “gripping, " by the Washington Post as “masterful," and by the New York Times as "shiningly eloquent."
“…might almost pass for a prize-winning piece of serious fiction.”
New York Times

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