- Born: The United States.
- Description: Elizabeth Mitchell is the author of four nonfiction books, including her newest, LINCOLN'S LIE: A True Civil War Caper Through Fake News, Wall Street and the White House (Counterpoint Press/October 2020). Her other work includes Three Strides Before the Wire: The Dark and Beautiful World of Horse Racing (Hyperion, 2002), W.: Revenge of the Bush Dynasty (Hyperion, 2000), and Liberty’s Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty (Grove/Atlantic Monthly Press 2014). The Washington Post selected Three Strides as one of the best nonfiction books of that year.
Mitchell has authored novella-length nonfiction works for Byliner, including The Fire Horse (2012); Lady With a Past: A Petulant French Sculptor, His Quest for Immortality, and the Real Story of the Statue of Liberty (2011); and the Amazon nonfiction bestseller, The Fearless Mrs. Goodwin (2011), about the first female detective in the United States.
Mitchell’s freelance writing has appeared in such publications as the Paris Review, TIME magazine, Wall Street Journal, New York, Chicago Tribune, Details, GQ, Condé Nast Traveler, O, Glamour, and The Nation. She was a contributing editor to Newsweek and senior long-form writer for the New York Daily News.
Her editing work has included Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability – Designing for Abundance (FSG, 2013) by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, foreword by President Bill Clinton. She served as executive editor of Marlo Thomas’ number-one New York Times bestseller The Right Words at the Right Time (Atria Books, May 2002).
She was executive editor of George and features editor at SPIN.
Mitchell has been interviewed on numerous radio and television shows, including “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” “The Charlie Rose Show,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Booknotes with Brian Lamb,” and many other CNN, MSNBC, network and local programs. She has delivered lectures on journalism and history at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and the New York Public Library, among other research centers; and at Harvard University and Fairleigh Dickinson University, among other educational institutions. She taught creative nonfiction at Columbia University.
She is the co-founder of ReadThis, a volunteer group that delivers books where needed, including to troops abroad, children living in poverty, and public schools with no library.