American journalist and author. FitzGerald was born in New York City to a prominent political family; her father was a deputy director of the CIA, her mother an ambassador to the United Nations. Since graduating from Radcliffe College in 1962, FitzGerald has worked as a freelance journalist and regularly contributes to such publications as the
New Yorker, the Nation, Rolling Stone, and the New York Review of Books. Her reporting in Vietnam at the height of the war there in 1966 resulted in her first book, Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam (1972); it won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for nonfiction. Her later books include America Revised: History Schoolbooks in the Twentieth Century (1979), Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars, and the End of the Cold War (2000), and Vietnam: Spirits of the Earth (2002). See also newyorker.com/contributors/frances-fitzgerald.