Born November 12, 1945, in New York City, Tracy Kidder is an established and lauded nonfiction writer. He graduated from Harvard College 1967 with a degree in English before serving for the United States Army in Vietnam for two years. Following his time in the Army, Kidder returned to his writing roots and was accepted into the Iowa Writers' Workshop and receiving his MFA from the University of Iowa in 1974.
Kidder has written 11 books and several essays for the Atlantic Monthly when he was a commissioned writer in the 1970s. His writing has garnered numerous accolades including the coveted Pulitzer Prize in 1982 and the National Book Award for Nonfiction, both for The Soul of a New Machine (1981) as well as the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award, and the Ambassador Book Award for Among Schoolchildren (1990) and 2nd prize of Lettre Ulysses Award for Mountains Beyond Mountains (2003).