Tim Weiner

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Tim Weiner
Weiner in 2012
Weiner in 2012
Born (1956-06-20) June 20, 1956 (age 62)
White Plains, New York, U.S.
Occupation journalist, author
Genre history, biography, non-fiction
Subject soldiers, spies, terrorists, presidents
Notable works Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
Notable awards National Book Award in Nonfiction
Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting

Tim Weiner (born June 20, 1956) is an American reporter and author. He is the author of four books and co-author of a fifth, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize[1] and National Book Award.[2] His newest book is One Man Against The World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon.


He is a graduate of Columbia College of Columbia University and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. Weiner worked for the Times from 1993 to 2009 as a foreign correspondent in Mexico, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan and as a national security correspondent in Washington, DC.[3]

Weiner won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting as an investigative reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer, for his articles on the black budget spending at the Pentagon and the CIA.[1] His book Blank Check: The Pentagon's Black Budget is based on that newspaper series.

He won the National Book Award in Nonfiction for his 2007 book Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA.[2]

His Enemies: A History of the FBI traces the history of the FBI's secret intelligence operations—from the bureau's creation in the early 20th century through its ongoing role in the war on terrorism.

He is the director of the nonfiction residency program for reporters, writers, and documentary makers at the Carey Institute in Rensselaerville, New York.[4]


"“[Y]ou should never chalk up to conspiracy what you can reliably attribute to stupidity. Because stupidity is a much more powerful force in the course of human events." [5]



  1. ^ a b "National Reporting". Past winners & finalists by category. The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  2. ^ a b "National Book Awards – 2007". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
    (With acceptance speech by Weiner and interview.)
  3. ^ Doyle, Jessica B. "About Tim Weiner". Tim Weiner. Random House Speakers Bureau. Archived from the original on October 22, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ Carey Institute for Global Good. "Nonfiction Residency - Carey Institute for Global Good". 
  5. ^ "Journalist Russ Baker: 'Boston Isn't Strong. Boston Is Scared Sh*tless.'". 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved February 22, 2016.  Booknotes interview with Weiner on Blank Check: The Pentagon's Black Budget, October 21, 1990

External links

  • Website for Carey Institute nonfiction residency program
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
    • C-SPAN Q&A interview with Weiner about Enemies: A History of the FBI, March 11, 2012
  • Interview at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on September 20, 2007
  • Tim Weiner at Library of Congress Authorities — with catalog records
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