'Confederates in the Attic' author Tony Horwitz dead at 60
Tony Horwitz, author of the book "Confederates in the Attic" about US Civil War reenactors and other bestsellers, has died at the age of 60.
Horwitz, who won a Pulitzer Prize with The Wall Street Journal before becoming an author of historical non-fiction, died suddenly in Washington while touring for his latest book.
His publisher, Penguin Press, said Horwitz had died on Monday of an apparent heart attack.
As a Wall Street Journal reporter, Horwitz won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for stories he wrote about income inequality and working conditions in low-wage America.
His national bestseller "Confederates in the Attic" about the men and women who reenact battles from the 1861-65 Civil War was published in 1998.
Horwitz' latest book, "Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide," about the 1850s travels of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted -- designer of New York's Central Park -- was published this month.
Among his other works were "Midnight Rising" about the pre-Civil War abolitionist John Brown and "Blue Latitudes" about Captain James Cook.
A native of Washington, Horwitz, who was married to Geraldine Brooks, also a successful novelist, lived in Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.
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