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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer died on Monday following a battle with lung cancer. He was 62.
The respected journalist died at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore due to complications of lung cancer, his daughter, Ruby Cramer, confirmed to The New York Times.
While writing for the Philadelphia Inquirer, he won a Pulitzer for his coverage of the Middle East in 1979, reports The Associated Press.
In addition, Cramer is known for his best-selling biography on New york Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio, titled Joe DiMaggio: The Hero’s Life. He also wrote an important magazine piece on Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams for Esquire. Each work was highlighted by his trademark in-depth reporting style.
However, he is probably best known for What It Takes: The Way to the White House, his account of the 1988 Presidential race between eventual winner George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis. He profiled other candidates in the book, highlighting every one’s personality during their battle for the presidency. Although the book wasn’t a big seller, it is still considered one of the best on American politics.
In 2005, Cramer wrote How Israel Lost: The Four Questions and was working on a book about the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez at the time of his death, reports the Times.