I only met him once when we were both on author's tours behind campaign books (I was pushing Campaign of the Century) about 20 years ago. Besides his political writing, loved his famous article on one of my boyhood heroes, Teddy Ballgame Williams. Then there was his report on Bobby Sands' funeral. And recent book on how Israel's occupations corrupt its essence. He was in the news just last month--for not delivering an Alex Rodriquez bio. Now we know why. Lot of tributes on Twitter, and here's one at The Atlantic from James Fallows.
I am shocked by the news just now that Richard Ben Cramer has died at age 62, of lung cancer. His book What It Takes is the first book I tell anyone interested in American politics, American culture, and American journalism to read. It is timeless but also timely, since its cast of characters -- those competing for the presidency in 1988 -- includes our current vice president, Joe Biden.
I never met Richard Ben Cramer but felt as if I knew him from his writing. Sympathies to his family. His work will last.