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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist & Author

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 Ron Powers Biography

Ron Powers is a Pulitzer Prize-winning and Emmy Award-winning writer and critic with a career that spans over four decades. He is the author of sixteen books, including No One Cares About Crazy People; Dangerous Water; and co-author of The New York Times best-seller Flags of Our Fathers.

His most recent book, No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America offers a searching, rich narrative of the social history of mental illness in America paired with the deeply personal story of his two sons' battles with schizophrenia. From the centuries of torture of "lunatiks" at Bedlam Asylum to the current mental health landscape, Powers delineates our fears and myths about mental illness and the fractured public policies that have resulted. Braided with that history is the moving story of Powers' beloved son Kevin--spirited, endearing, and gifted--who triumphed even while suffering from schizophrenia until finally he did not, and the story of his courageous surviving son Dean, who is also schizophrenic.

As a Hannibal, Mo. native, Powers has had a lifelong fascination with Mark Twain. Powers has written two books on Twain & one on the region that raised him — Dangerous Water:A Biography of the Boy Who Became Mark Twain, Mark Twain: A Life, and Tom & Huck Don’t Live Here Anymore, a narrative examination of two killings in the town of Hannibal perpetrated by adolescent boys. It was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times book prize. Powers’ two-act play, Sam and Laura, an imaginative extension of a true romantic encounter in the young life of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, debuted in 2010.

For his book, Flags of Our Fathers, Powers collaborated with James Bradley, a son of one of the six flag raisers on Iwo Jima. Flags of Our Fathers explores each flag raiser’s boyhood, military service, experiences on Iwo Jima and — for the survivors — later life and fate. The book was No. 1 on The New York Times hardcover nonfiction list for five weeks and remained on the bestseller list for 46 weeks. The movie version, produced partly by Steven Spielberg and with Clint Eastwood directing, premiered in October 2006.

He has been published in The New York Times Book Review, The Smithsonian, The Kenyon Review, The Columbia Journalism Review, Preservation Magazine, The New England Review/Breadloaf Quarterly, Esquire, and Playboy. In 1973, Powers was the first TV critic to win the Pulitzer Prize. He was the media commentator for CBS News Sunday Morning for five years, for which he earned an Emmy award, and has hosted numerous documentaries.

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Ron Powers, Author

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No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America

No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America

Mark Twain: A Life

Mark Twain: A Life

Flags of Our Fathers

Flags of Our Fathers

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Ron Powers

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist & Author

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Ron Powers Biography

Ron Powers is a Pulitzer Prize-winning and Emmy Award-winning writer and critic with a career that spans over four decades. He is the author of sixteen books, including No One Cares About Crazy People; Dangerous Water; and co-author of The New York Times best-seller Flags of Our Fathers.

His most recent book, No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America offers a searching, rich narrative of the social history of mental illness in America paired with the deeply personal story of his two sons' battles with schizophrenia. From the centuries of torture of "lunatiks" at Bedlam Asylum to the current mental health landscape, Powers delineates our fears and myths about mental illness and the fractured public policies that have resulted. Braided with that history is the moving story of Powers' beloved son Kevin--spirited, endearing, and gifted--who triumphed even while suffering from schizophrenia until finally he did not, and the story of his courageous surviving son Dean, who is also schizophrenic.

As a Hannibal, Mo. native, Powers has had a lifelong fascination with Mark Twain. Powers has written two books on Twain & one on the region that raised him — Dangerous Water:A Biography of the Boy Who Became Mark Twain, Mark Twain: A Life, and Tom & Huck Don’t Live Here Anymore, a narrative examination of two killings in the town of Hannibal perpetrated by adolescent boys. It was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times book prize. Powers’ two-act play, Sam and Laura, an imaginative extension of a true romantic encounter in the young life of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, debuted in 2010.

For his book, Flags of Our Fathers, Powers collaborated with James Bradley, a son of one of the six flag raisers on Iwo Jima. Flags of Our Fathers explores each flag raiser’s boyhood, military service, experiences on Iwo Jima and — for the survivors — later life and fate. The book was No. 1 on The New York Times hardcover nonfiction list for five weeks and remained on the bestseller list for 46 weeks. The movie version, produced partly by Steven Spielberg and with Clint Eastwood directing, premiered in October 2006.

He has been published in The New York Times Book Review, The Smithsonian, The Kenyon Review, The Columbia Journalism Review, Preservation Magazine, The New England Review/Breadloaf Quarterly, Esquire, and Playboy. In 1973, Powers was the first TV critic to win the Pulitzer Prize. He was the media commentator for CBS News Sunday Morning for five years, for which he earned an Emmy award, and has hosted numerous documentaries.

Ron Powers Videos

  • Ron Powers, Author
    Kevin Powers solo "A Day in the Life of a Fool" - Duration: 7:40. Ron Powers 2,359 views · 7:40. Play next; Play now. Tiffany Manzi Twisted T's ...
  • Keep Talking: Author Ron Powers
    Published in March of 2017, “No One Cares About Crazy People” seamlessly weaves together the analysis of society's historically harsh ...
  • Author Ron Powers gets personal about mental illness
    Journalist and author Ron Powers opens up about why he wrote his new book, " No One Cares About Crazy People." Subscribe to the "CBS ...

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  • How much does it cost to book Ron Powers?

    Booking fees for Ron Powers, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ron Powers, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ron Powers?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ron Powers for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ron Powers for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ron Powers or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ron Powers or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Ron Powers is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Ron Powers for your event is available upon request. Ron Powers generally travels from Castleton, VT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are C.J. Chivers, Rinker Buck, Linda Gordon, Johann Hari and Annette Gordon-Reed. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ron Powers for an upcoming event.

Ron Powers Speaker Videos

  • Ron Powers, Author
    Kevin Powers solo "A Day in the Life of a Fool" - Duration: 7:40. Ron Powers 2,359 views · 7:40. Play next; Play now. Tiffany Manzi Twisted T's ...
    Keep Talking: Author Ron Powers
    Published in March of 2017, “No One Cares About Crazy People” seamlessly weaves together the analysis of society's historically harsh ...
  • Author Ron Powers gets personal about mental illness
    Journalist and author Ron Powers opens up about why he wrote his new book, " No One Cares About Crazy People." Subscribe to the "CBS ...

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