Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life (Paperback)

A Rebel Life

By Bill Minutaglio, W. Michael Smith

PublicAffairs, 9781586489052, 335pp.

Publication Date: November 9, 2010



She was a wealthy debutante groomed for a gilded life in moneyed Houston, but Molly Ivins reinvented herself as one of the most provocative, courageous, and influential journalists in American history. Based on intimate knowledge of Molly, interviews with her family, friends, and colleagues, and access to a treasure trove of her personal papers, Molly Ivins it is at once the saga of a powerful, pugnacious woman muscling her way to the top in a world dominated by men; a fascinating look behind the scenes of national media and politics; and a sobering account of the toll of addiction and cancer. Molly Ivins adds layers of depth and complexity to the story of an American legend--a woman who inspired people both to laughter and action.

About the Author

Bill Minutaglio is a professor of journalism at the University of Texas and author of several critically acclaimed books, including First Son: George W. Bush & The Bush Family Dynasty.W. Michael Smith was a researcher for Molly Ivins for eight years. He also worked for Gail Sheehy and several other authors, including staffers at The New York Times.