Bill Minutaglio is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including biographies of President George W. Bush, Molly Ivins and Alberto Gonzales, and a narrative retelling of the greatest man-made disaster in American history. An anthology of his writing about race and injustice in America is entitled "In Search of The Blues: A Journey To The Soul of Black Texas."
His work has appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, Newsweek, Texas Monthly, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Outside and many other publications. His work has been featured, along with that of Ernest Hemingway, in Esquire's list of the greatest tales of survival ever written.
Reviewers have compared his writing to Tom Wolfe, Herman Melville and Hunter Thompson. His work has been optioned by Tom Cruise, published in China and lauded by Oliver Stone. Among the writers who have offered praise on his book jackets: Buzz Bissinger, Sir Harold Evans, Douglas Brinkley, Gail Sheehy, James Lee Burke and Mario Puzo.
He has won numerous awards for his writing, including recognition from The National Association of Black Journalists and The National Conference of Christians and Jews, which saluted his work in fighting prejudice. He has been featured on The Today Show, NPR's Fresh Air and other programs. He has been interviewed by Katie Couric, Brian Williams, Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw and others.
His work has been called "excellent" by The New York Review of Books, New Republic and others. The NYTimes has called his work "fascinating." The San Francisco Chronicle has called his work "chilling." The Texas Observer said his book "City On Fire" was one of the "finest books ever written about Texas."
He is a professor of journalism at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is The Fellow to the Everett Collier Chair. He has been honored as one of the Outstanding Teachers in the University of Texas statewide system. He is a columnist for The Texas Observer, one of America's oldest and important investigative magazines.
"Minutaglio has long been regarded as one of the great writers in Texas journalism."
The Austin American-Statesman