Nightly News   |  January 08, 2013

Richard Ben Cramer, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, dies at 62

The author is best known for writing “What It Takes: The Way to the White House,” a book that chronicled the 1988 presidential campaign. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> we learned overnight one of the great nonfiction writers of our times, richard ben cramer has died. if you were a young journalist wanting to know how best to cover politics, campaigns and politicians, richard cramer 's book "what it takes" it all it took. it chronicled the 1988 campaign as it focused on bush 41 , dukakis, biden and all the others and he won the pulitzer prize for his middle east coverage. sports fans know him for his superb and definitive biography of joe dimaggio . educated at johns hop kins and columbia, he was a newspaper and magazine writer before becoming an author. richard ben cramer died of lung cancer