Diane McWhorter

Diane McWhorter is the author of Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama—The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, which was published in 2001 and reissued with a new Afterword in 2013. It won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, and the Southern Book Award for Nonfiction, among other honors. In 2011, Time named Carry Me Home to its list of the 100 best nonfiction books published since the magazine’s founding. McWhorter’s young-adult history of the civil rights movement, A Dream of Freedom, was named one of The New York Times’s nine “Notable Children’s Books of 2004” and USA Today’s “Best Children’s History” of that year. Raised in Birmingham and educated at Wellesley College, McWhorter now considers herself a New Yorker (albeit one who currently lives in Washington, D.C.). She is a longtime contributor to The New York Times and has also published in The Nation, Slate, The American Scholar, Smithsonian, Transition Magazine, and Harper’s. Her current book in progress is also set in her home state during the time of the civil rights movement: In Huntsville, Alabama, as overseers of NASA’s largest installation, the Third Reich’s top missile expert, Wernher von Braun, and the German team behind Hitler’s V-2 (“Vengeance”) weapon became heroes of the Cold War by building the rocket that put the first man on the moon.