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Thomas Oliphant

Political Journalist and Author

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BIO

Thomas Oliphant is the author of Utter Incompetents: Ego and Ideology in the Age of Bush as well as Praying for Gil Hodges: A Memoir of the 1955 World Series and One Family’s Love of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

 

Mr. Oliphant has been a correspondent for The Boston Globe since 1968 and its Washington columnist since 1989. He is a native of Brooklyn, a product of La Jolla High School in California and a 1967 graduate of Harvard. He was one of three editors on special assignment who managed The Globe’s coverage of Boston’s traumatic school desegregation, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1975. He has also won the writing award given by the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He has appeared on ABC’s Nightline, The Jim Lehrer News Hour, Face The Nation, The Today Show, Good Morning America and CBS This Morning.  He has been named one of the country’s top ten political writers and one of Washington’s fifty most influential journalists by Washington Magazine. Mr. Oliphant lives in Washington D.C. with his wife, CBS correspondent Susan Spencer.


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BOOKS

Trade Paperback
Utter Incompetents
Ego and Ideology in the Age of Bush
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

“Tom Oliphant is one of the true chroniclers of America. He uses his wit and wisdom to offer critical, insightful, and loving observations of our politics,...
Trade Paperback
Praying for Gil Hodges
A Memoir of the 1955 World Series and One Family's Love of the Brooklyn Dodgers
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

“Tom Oliphant has created a small masterpiece.” --Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of the bestselling Wait Till Next Year Praying for Gil Hodges is built...

SPEECHES

Praying for Gil Hodges: A discussion of Oliphant's first book, Praying for Gil Hodges: A Memoir of the 1955 World Series and One Family's Love of the Bronx.

Writing Washington: the has been named one of the most influential journalists in Washington, and has been writing on politics and politicians for decades. Here, he shed's light on his career, his life in Washington, and more.


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Praise for Utter Incompetents “Tom Oliphant is one of the true chroniclers of America. He uses his wit and wisdom to offer critical, insightful, and loving observations of our politics, culture, and society. He is the Will Rogers of our time.”
---Madeleine Albright

“The book not only teems with detail but also will tell the future historians, long after living memory has faded, just what Bush's contemporary critics thought of the man and his record.”
---St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Done right, political discourse is a feast. And Tom Oliphant brings more to the table than anyone I know.”
---Al Franken

“[T]his competent narrative will appeal to readers yearning for one more fix of righteous liberal indignation.”
---Publishers Weekly

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