Michael Kramer, author of Divine Rivalry, is an award-winning journalist. As New York Magazine's political columnist in the 1970s and 1980s, Micahelhe covered local and national politics. For a decade beginning in the late '80s, he was TIME Magazine's political columnist, covering national and foreign affairs. He was also chief political correspondent for US. News and World Report and managing editor of the New York Daily News. He has won numerous print journalism awards, including two from the Overseas Press Club for articles about the Middle East and Latin America. He is the co-author of The Ethnic Factor, a book about minority voting patterns that became a standard text on the subject. He also coauthored “I Never Wanted to be Vice President of Anything," a political biography of Nelson Rockefeller that was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He is a graduate of Amherst College (1967) and the Columbia Law School (1970).