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.

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.

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. More recently, he has turned to genre-banding detective fiction, with The Last Minstrel Show (2012) and The Shape-Shifters (2015).

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

The second in a series of genre-bending crime novels starring Max Christian, a hard-drinking private eye who has regular conversations with the ghost of Albert Camus.
“…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” and by the Washington Post as “masterful.”
“…might almost pass for a prize-winning piece of serious fiction”
New York Times

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