Author and journalist Richard Ben Cramer dies at 62

richard-ben-cramer.jpgAmerican writer Richard Ben Cramer, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his international reporting in the Middle East before writing acclaimed non-fiction books about baseball and politics, has died at age 62.

He had been battling lung cancer, but died Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Monday, the Associated Press reports.

Cramer is known for being a versatile journalist, who penned a well-received book about the 1988 U.S. election (What It Takes: The Way to the White House) and a best-selling biography of New York Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio (Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life). His most recent book, How Israel Lost, was published in 2004, which blended contemporary political analysis with his memories as a Middle East correspondent in the late 1970s and early 1980s for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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