Glenn Frankel is an author and journalist, based in Arlington Virginia. He was a longtime Washington Post reporter, editor and bureau chief in London, Southern Africa and Jerusalem, where he won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for “balanced and sensitive reporting” of Israel and the first Palestinian uprising. He later served as editor of the Washington Post Magazine. He has been a Professional Journalism Fellow at Stanford University and an Alicia Patterson Fellow, and was a 2018 Motion Picture Academy Film Scholar. Glenn was director of the School of Journalism and G.B. Dealey Regents Professor at the University of Texas at Austin from 2010 to 2014; and he also spent four years as a visiting journalism professor at Stanford University.
His first book, Beyond the Promised Land: Jews and Arabs on the Hard Road to a New Israel, won the National Jewish Book Award. His second, Rivonia’s Children: Three Families and the Cost of Conscience in White South Africa, was a finalist for the Alan Paton Award, South Africa’s most prestigious literary prize. He’s written three books tracing the making of an iconic American movie against the backdrop of the era in which it was made. The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend was a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller and a Library Journal Top Ten book for 2013. High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic (2017) made the L.A. Times and Washington Post’s lists of the year’s best books. His latest book is Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.