Dale Maharidge has been teaching at the Columbia Journalism School since 2001; before that, he was a visiting professor at Stanford University for ten years and spent fifteen years as a newspaperman. Several of his books are illustrated with the work of photographer Michael S. Williamson. The first book, Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass, later inspired Bruce Springsteen to write two songs. His second book, And Their Children After Them, won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1990.
Sergeant Steve Maharidge returned from World War II an angry man. The only evidence that he d served in the Marines was a photograph of himself and a buddy tacked to the basement wall. On one terrifyingly memorable occasion his teenage son, Dale, witnessed Steve screaming at the photograph: They said I killed him But I didn t kill him It wasn t my fault